Riverside School eNews, March 14, 2019
Thursday, March 14th, 2019

—Important Note About Re-Enrollment—   

Please note: Re-enrollment and tuition deposit
for the 2019-2020 school year is NOW due.



For Your Calendar

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

Friday, March 15 – Virginia Outside Private Pond Trout Fishing, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

 Monday, March 18 – Chess Club, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20 – Newspaper Club,  7:35 a.m.

Wednesday, March 20 – ‘Jump Into Japan’ Art Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21 – Soccer Match: Riverside vs. Sabot ‘1,’
3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 22 – Chick-fil-A Lunch

Friday, March 22 – 2:15 Dismissal for Students

Friday, March 22 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.



News and Notes

For Riverside Students: Popular Virginia Outside Private
Private Pond Trout Fishing is Tomorrow (March 15)
 Virginia Outside will be venturing 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 a sense of adventure!

Click here to learn more and register.

Special Chess Club Event (March 25)
 Riverside’s last meeting for Chess Club will be on Monday,
March 25 from 3:15-5 p.m. (note that this is a later dismissal time than usual.)

As a culminating event, we are pleased to announce that
Mr. Mike Callaham, Founder of the Scholarship Chess Business Center, will talk to the students about strategy, as well as play all of our Chess Club members. Mr. Callaham’s chess career spans 30 years, and he is ranked within the top ten percent of all the active players in the country.

We are very excited, and hope to see all of our Chess Club members in attendance!

Sign Up Now Available for Riverside Summer Tutoring
 Summer tutoring at Riverside offers our students the opportunity to continue with individualized, multisensory Language Fundamentals and / or math in a friendly, supportive environment with a Riverside teacher.

Each 50-minute session will be billed by the school’s Business Office at a rate of $60 per session on a monthly basis. Tutoring slots fill up quickly and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please complete and send in the attached registration form by Thursday, March 21Contact Suzie Eklund, Director of Language Fundamentals at Riverside, for additional information at: seklund@riversideschool.org.

Sign Up for Riverside Summer Camp—Space is Filling Quickly
 Help your child enjoy school to its fullest by providing and empowering them with the skills they need to succeed. Riverside Summer Camp provides campers with individualized, multisensory language tutoring in a friendly, supportive environment with a highly-trained Orton-Gillingham teacher.

Of course, it wouldn’t be summer camp if there weren’t a lot of fun and activities along the way! Our time together with your child not only helps them stay active and build social skills, but unlocks their full potential by facilitating their joy of learning, while boosting their confidence level. Camp registration is open to the public.

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

Please click here to learn more and register. Pertinent camp details are below:

• – 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.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Be a Part of
Riverside’s New Student-Led Newspaper Club
Riverside has introduced a new, student-led Newspaper Club. Duties for members include cartoonists, reporters and printers. Remaining meetings will be held on Wednesday mornings on March 20, April 17 and 24, and May 15 and 22 and begin at promptly 7:35 a.m.

The newspaper will be published the last week of March, April, and May. If this interests your child, we hope they will join Riverside’s Newspaper Club!

Sincerely, Abe Waterman (Mrs. Hague’s class)

Please click here to learn more and sign up.

Save the Date: Riverside Alumni Social is March 30 at Tang & Biscuit
Riverside alumni, join us for some fun and games as we gather at Tang & Biscuit in Scott’s Addition on March 30 from 4-6:30 p.m. This is a great time to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and chat with Riverside founder Pat DeOrio!

Riverside will provide some bites, but we encourage you to make dinner plans with fellow alumni—there are a lot of good options close by.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to learn more.

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

Click here to learn more and apply.



Riverside’s Annual Used Book Collection for
the Reach Out and Read Organization

 Please see the attached flyer that details our upcoming book collection for the Richmond area’s Reach Out and Read organization.

Students may bring books for the collection to school beginning Monday, March 25. Questions? Please contact librarian, Christine Bachmann, at: cbachmann@riversideschool.org.



Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities

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

Also, April Lunch Order Forms are due by Friday, March 22.

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 you are interested.



Development Update

DO YOU LIKE PARADES AND FESTIVALS or have you ever just wanted to walk down the middle of Buford Road?

 If so, you are in luck, because Riverside School is joining in on the fun of Bon Air Victorian Day on Saturday, May 11. We would love to get as many Riverside families as we can to march in the parade. Then there will be food, games, merchants, performances, and a raffle during the festival held on the grounds of Bon Air Christian Church.

Please get in touch with me at: lrohr@riversideschool.org if you are interested in taking part!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

THIS WEEK IS SPRING BREAK FOR MY SONS’ SCHOOL, and they and my wife are visiting her family in Minnesota. As you might imagine, I am adjusting to the change, and I realized on Tuesday morning when I arrived at school that I had accidentally left my guitar at home.

The routine at Morning Assembly starts with the students standing for the pledge of allegiance and then singing a patriotic song, accompanied by me on my acoustic guitar. Unwilling to go into the assembly empty-handed, I ducked into the library and looked to see what musical instrument Mrs. Bachman might have available that I could use.

Happily, I found a set of bongo drums, which worked surprisingly well for ‘America the Beautiful.’ It worked so well, in fact, that the students requested that we sing an additional song accompanied by bongos, which turned out to be ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game.’

I am sharing this mistake of mine and its aftermath to point out something about the character of our students. In some places there might have been some eye-rolling or snickering when the principal brings out bongo drums at the Morning Assembly. Happily, that’s not Riverside.

Tuesday morning I was met with smiles when I stepped in front of our student body, and our students easily ‘went with the flow’ and sang out the song as strongly as ever—even enjoying the novelty and requesting another song. Later that day, I was complimented very sincerely by a number of students on my percussion playing.

Our students are part of a real community here at Riverside, and the tone that they set is a great one of acceptance and lifting each other up. It’s the type of community that makes it a pleasure to come to school each day—even when I forget to bring my guitar.



In Their Own Words 

“I like how we learn new things using shapes and motion.”

Waverly, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke 


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