Riverside School eNews, March 26, 2020
Thursday, March 26th, 2020

For Your Calendar


Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 31. 

We are currently accepting applications for 2020-21 and interested applicants may contact Riverside Associate Head of School Debra Mitchell at: dmitchell@riversideschool.org.


Photo Galleries

HERE IS A PICTORIAL LOOK at some of the happenings with a Riverside touchpoint during this challenging time:

More Photo Galleries (click on the date below to view) >>

• – Thursday, March 26
• – Wednesday, March 25
• – Tuesday, March 24
• – Monday, March 23
• – Friday, March 20
• – Thursday, March 19
• – Wednesday, March 18
• – Tuesday, March 17
• – Monday, March 16

A Look ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ at
Riverside Morning Assembly

that the school tradition of Morning Assembly is conducted each day prior to the start of online / ‘virtual’ school day.

Click on the picture to the left or here for a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the mechanics of how words, pictures and video reach individuals with a touchpoint to Riverside each morning.



Sounds and Videos Archives

RIVERSIDE SCHOOL HAS BEEN keeping its constituents up to date via regular video postings to YouTube and through other social mediums.

Video Galleries (click on the date below or picture to view) >>

March 20, 2020 (Head of School Hal Waller)

March 19, 2020 (Head of School Hal Waller)

March 18, 2020 (Head of School Hal Waller. PE teacher Cam Childress and Director of Development Leo Rohr

March 18, 2020 (Riverside Online / ‘Virtual’ Morning Assembly)

March 17, 2020 (Head of School Hal Waller)

March 16, 2020 (Head of School Hal Waller)



Register for Riverside Summer Camps

HELP YOUR CHILD ENJOY SCHOOL TO ITS FULLEST by providing and empowering them with the skills they need to succeed. Riverside’s Orton-Gillingham Summer Camp provides campers with 45 minutes of one-on-one, multisensory language instruction with a Riverside trained Orton-Gillingham teacher every day. In addition, the camp will include math, writing, and either science or music—all provided in a small group setting.

 Meanwhile, with Riverside’s Arts and STEM camp, students have the opportunity to explore their creative side in a more relaxed summer setting with current Riverside teachers. Campers will participate in crafty arts that will include tie-dye, Ojo de Dios, friendship bracelets, and more! Additionally, makerspace will allow campers to build and design to solve problems. Children will create music and sing fun songs along with the piano. Technology activities will incorporate interactive coding and programming.

Please note: Camp fills quickly, so please reserve your child’s spot today, Please click here to learn more and register >>



Sign Up for Riverside Summer Tutoring Today—
And Brighten Your Child’s Future

SUMMER TUTORING AT RIVERSIDE OFFERS our students the opportunity to continue with one-on-one, multisensory Language Fundamentals and / or math in a friendly, supportive environment with a Riverside teacher.

 Tutoring will be billed by the school’s Business Office at a rate of $65 per 50-minute session on a monthly basis. Sign up today as tutoring slots fill quickly and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please complete and send in the attached registration form found here by Thursday, April 9. Please contact Suzie Eklund, Director of Language Fundamentals at Riverside, for additional information and/or a registration form at: seklund@riversideschool.org.

Please note: From June 29-July 10, campus will be closed for annual maintenance and cleaning, and there will be no tutoring during these two weeks.



Belated Congratulations

 THIS FALL AND WINTER, RIVERSIDE HOSTED four Subscriber Sessions. These sessions were aimed at giving Riverside parents, grandparents, and community members insight into the nature of dyslexia and a basic understanding of the Orton-Gillingham (O-G) Approach. Average attendance at each session was 17, and the participants were eager and engaged.

Taught by Riverside’s AOPGE Fellow, Cynthia Davis, this was official AOGPE coursework, and those who attended all eight hours were eligible for Subscriber Level Membership in the Academy.

Congratulations to the following Riverside friends who finished their Subscriber Coursework!

• – Brittany Cooper
• – David DiRoma
• – Donna DiRoma
• – Linda Fletcher
• – Jody Liesfield
• – Bonnie Turnage



Music Notes

 I’M SO EXCITED TO START UP TEACHING MUSIC online this week for Riverside.

I have a plan that will introduce the children to the instruments of the orchestra and allow us time to work on some part-singing. We have fun things ahead to do in music!

— Cori Bider
Music Teacher


Development Update

JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, I HAD PLANNED to use today’s Development Update to give you a recap of the Spring Phonathon we were supposed to hold the past two nights. How quickly times can change.

 Due to the Coronavirus, we have postponed the phonathon and if we are able to eventually reschedule, it may end up looking vastly different from our normal event. I’d like to thank everyone who had volunteered to help us, especially those of you who have already expressed a willingness to help at a rescheduled date.

Annual Fund donations remain an important source of funding for Riverside. The Annual Fund has helped us boost our technology resources over the past few years, which has directly aided our recent transition to remote learning. Thank you all for your past and continued support of Riverside.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

 my ‘From the Head of School’s Desk’ column, and I want to use this one to write about shared classroom expectations as we go forward with remote learning.

Our teachers and our students have been amazingly agile and resilient in our quick pivot to remote learning. Now that we have some experience in implementing these techniques, we know what is needed for the best learning to occur.

When Riverside remote learning classes start, ALL students need to be:

• – On time
• – Appropriately dressed for the day
• – In a quiet environment
• – With any needed materials (such as pencil,  paper, and hard surface to write on)
• – Sitting up
• – Using the bathroom before class, if needed
• – Eating before or after class, not during
• – Using only the student’s actual name as the Zoom name
• – Leaving the video on (unless the student has the teacher’s express permission to turn it off)
• – Without a virtual background

In the days and weeks ahead, I will be talking about these expectations with your children during Morning Assembly, and teachers will be talking about these expectations in their classes, as needed. Please help by having these conversations at home, also.

Thank you so much, parents, for all you are doing at home to help with remote learning!

— Hal Waller
Head of School


Important Links for Coronavirus /
COVID-19 Awareness

• –  Comcast Xfinity Free Hotspot Map
• – Social Distancing 101
• – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
• – World Health Organization COVID-19 Information
• – Talking to Children About COVID-19
• – Virginia Department of Health
• – Traveler’s Health


Last Friday’s Corny Joke

What kind of shoes should you wear on St. Patrick’s Day?

A pair of green Lepre-chaun-verse



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