Riverside School eNews, Jan. 9, 2020
Thursday, January 9th, 2020

For Your Calendar

Friday, Jan. 10 – Pizza Hut Pizza Day

Friday, Jan. 10  – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Friday, Jan. 10  – Basketball Practice, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10  – 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, Jan. 14 – Chick-fil-A Day

Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Chess Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Drama Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17 – No School for Students (Teachers’ Workday)

Monday, Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (no school)

News and Notes

January Calendar
Please click
here for a schedule of events for the month of January at Riverside.

We’re In Need of a Helping Hand
Riverside is in need of a handy fix as a leg to one of our office chairs has broken off and we are seeking someone to provide some ‘elbow grease’ in helping to reattach the piece.  




Next Subscriber Session Fast-Approaching—Register Today

 REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR OUR NEXT SUBSCRIBER SESSION, which is set for Wednesday Jan. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

We will focus on the activities found in an O-G 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!

Please click here to register.



Mark Your Calendars for a Very Important Parents’ Association Meeting—
Jan. 15 at Riverside

 PLEASE JOIN US for our next Parents’ Association meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 8:15 a.m. in the Riverside library. The session
will focus on Decoding Dyslexia Virginia Dyslexia Advocacy Day, set for
Jan. 28 at 
the State Capitol. We will share some legislation that is being worked on and begin to organize who plans to attend.


Parents’ Association News

If you ordered Riverside sweatshirts, they will be be delivered to your child next Monday, Jan. 13.

Lunch Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers! Please click here if you are able to help distribute lunches. New dates have been added for January. 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.

 Box Tops   
Please keep clipping and saving box tops as we will keep collecting them throughout the school year.

Show Your School Spirit With a Riverside Car Magnet
 Riverside School car magnets are now available to purchase
for two for $5 or $3 each. Checks should be made payable to
Riverside’s Parents’ Association. Please see Anne Kunkle at the front
desk if you would like to purchase one.


Music Notes


We will be learning about composers in the music room! Also, Mrs. Mayer, Ms. Myers and Mrs. Waldenmeir’s classes will be composing their own song, as a class.

I am excited to teach them the principles of a musical center or ‘Do’ from the ‘Sound of Music’—they will enjoy playing their song on the xylophones and metallophones. The rest of the school will begin studying the recorder tomorrow.

 Some children will have studied previously, and they will be a great help during this process. I am excited to put these instruments in their hands. Please encourage your students to practice softly in their rooms. (These instruments will drive you crazy if they are allowed to play them in the car…your choice.) If your child has a recorder at home—please encourage them to
keep their new recorder at school.

— Cori Bider
Music Teacher


Development Update

I WOULD LIKE TO SEND MY HEARTFELT APPRECIATION to all of you for making 2019 a fantastic year at Riverside. On top of everything you already do for your child, your volunteer hours, advocacy, and financial support are helping our students make great strides!

 In looking back, 2019 saw the Development Office surpass our fundraising goals, expand Founder’s
Day into a celebratory day of giving, and
move into a new building across campus.

What a year!

In looking forward, we want to continue this great momentum and help our teachers and students achieve even more. We are so thankful for your continued assistance as we strive to do this. Happy 2020!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development

from the desk of…
the Head of School

Bill Longan came to Riverside as part of our Adult Dyslexic Speaker Series. Bill is a great friend to Riverside. He is the parent of an alumnus, a member of our Board of Trustees, and one of our strongest supporters for our mission.

Most importantly, Bill ‘gets’ our kids and speaks directly to them as a fellow dyslexic.

Bill has visited before and talked about his own journey as a dyslexic student. This visit he focused on what many consider to be a real strength of a dyslexic learner—the inclination and ability to learn well heuristically.

According to Webster’s, ‘heuristic’ is defined as ‘involving or serving as an aid to learning, discovery, or problem-solving by experimental methods.’ In short, this means learning by trial-and-error, which is something that many dyslexics do particularly well.

Developing the ability to learn heuristically is important for any person, but especially so for professionals whose jobs depend on innovation. For example, Thomas Edison famously tried thousands of different materials in his quest for the incandescent light bulb.

Learning heuristically necessarily involves a willingness to try out new ideas, and it also requires a willingness to try again after a failure. Bill has always been very direct in telling our students that for the dyslexic learner, school is hard. But it is exactly our students’ resiliency and ability to learn heuristically that will serve them well here at Riverside and beyond.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


This Week’s Quote

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan


In Their Own Words

“I like LF (Language Fundamentals) because it is one-on-one, face-to-face and I learn better here.”

Bethany, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

What happened when an icicle landed on the snowman’s head?

It knocked him out COLD!


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