Riverside School eNews, March 21, 2019
Thursday, March 21st, 2019

For Your Calendar

Please note: Riverside’s soccer match, scheduled for today at 3:30 p.m., has been postponed due to rainfall.

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.

Monday, March 25 – Chess Club, 3:05-5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27 – Morning Assembly (guest speaker), 8 a.m.

Thursday, March 28 – Interims Issued

Thursday, March 28 – Soccer Match: Riverside vs. Banner Christian, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29 – ‘Crazy Hair Day’

Friday, March 29 – Pizza Hut Lunch

Friday, March 29 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

Friday, March 29 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29 – Spring Break Begins (classes resume on April 8)

Saturday, March 30 – Alumni Social (Tang & Biscuit), 4-6:30 p.m.


News and Notes

April Calendar
 The April calendar of events is now available.

Special Chess Club Event is This Coming Monday
(March 25)
Riverside’s last meeting for Chess Club will be on Monday, March 25 from 3:05-5 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 10 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!

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

Click here to learn more and apply.

Join Us Next Weekend at the Riverside Alumni Social—
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.

Sign Up Now Available for Riverside Summer Tutoring
 Summer tutoring at Riverside offers our students the chance 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.

Riverside Coin Collection Results in Real ‘Change’
Riverside collected $649.23 for Children’s Hospital Foundation as a part of ‘Change for Children,’ bringing our 14-year total to more than $13,000! Thank you to all who donated spare coins for ‘Change for Children’—impressive for a small school like ours!


* — Please note that Riverside Summer Camps are at capacity and sold out.



Riverside’s Annual Used Book Collection for the ‘Reach Out and Read’ Organization Starts March 25

RIVERSIDE’S REACH OUT AND READ 2019 BOOK COLLECTION begins this coming Monday, March 25, and continues throughout the week.

Gently used paperback, hardback or board books, for ages 0 through 10, are all welcome. This is a most worthy ‘recycling program’ for the books families have finished reading.

Riverside’s 2019 donations will benefit the Northside Medical Center in Richmond. Collection boxes are located in the Commons and Library. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Bachmann at: cbachmann@riversideschool.org.



Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities

April Lunch Order Forms Due
 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 tomorrow, Friday, March 22.

Riverside at the Flying Squirrels Baseball Game
 Riverside’s Day at The Diamond is on Sunday, May 5. The Richmond Flying Squirrels will play the Altoona Curve at 1:05 p.m. This is a fundraising event for Riverside. Please click here for details. More information to follow.

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

RIVERSIDE’S DEVELOPMENT QUEST FOR 100% current parent participation is about to ramp up! Riverside parents were so generous and supportive last year to help the school attain 100% participation that this year, a generous donor upped the ante with a $5,000 challenge grant if we can reach it again.

A letter from Riverside alumnus and Board Member Neil Millhiser will soon be going out and next month, you will see Mr. Waller with his donation meter sign during carline.

Thank you for supporting Riverside’s Annual Fund, which helps maintain the school’s standard of excellence!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School


As I have written before in this column, now is the time of year when I am in LF classrooms to observe LF lessons. Lots of things are remarkable about our LF lessons: they are continually diagnostic and prescriptive; each part of the lesson is truly individualized; students work amazingly hard in LF, and they enjoy it.

Something else truly remarkable about our LF lessons is how our students don’t just know what to do, but they know why they are doing it that way. They learn about why our language is the way it is, and they know how to explain it.

When I observe an LF lesson, I try to be unobtrusive. However, I very much like when I get to learn and the student is the teacher.


This Week’s Quote

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

Edmund Hillary, former mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist



In Their Own Words 

“The techniques teachers use really help you learn more.”

Mason, student at Riverside School 



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


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