Riverside School eNews, May 20, 2021
Friday, May 21st, 2021

Intermediate school students at Riverside School worked with a partner to read an article about ancient Polynesian navigators and then determined the main idea and key details using a method called ‘Boxes and Bullets.’ Click here for a photo gallery.. 

This Week’s Events

Thursday, May 20 – Testing Results Informational Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 21 – Fun Friday: Individual Classroom Themes

Friday, May 21 – Soccer Clinic (North Building and Ticer Hall Students), 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 21 – National Pizza Party Day      

Wednesday, May 26 – Tea Dance (Intermediate School), 11:15 a.m.

Thursday, May 27 – Parent Coffee (‘virtual’ / via Zoom), 12 p.m.

Friday, May 28 – Teachers’ Workday (no school for students)

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day (no school)

Wednesday, June 2 – Riverside Talent Show (‘virtual’ / via Zoom)

Monday, June 7 – Parent Coffee (‘virtual’ / via Zoom), 8:30 a.m.

Monday, June 7 – Last Day of LF Instruction

Wednesday, June 9 – Report Cards Issued

Wednesday, June 9 – Moving-On Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. (12 p.m. dismissal)

Wednesday, June 9 – Last Day for Students

Thursday, June 10 – Year-End Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8 a.m.

Sunday, June 20 – Father’s Day



Reminder to First and Second-Year Parents: Important Testing
Results Informational Meeting
is Tonight! (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

 CYNTHIA DAVIS, ORTON-GILLINGHAM COORDINATOR AND DEBRA MITCHELL, Associate Head of School, will share information about your child’s testing results, which you will receive at the end-of-year conference.

You’ll learn what each assessment measures and exactly why we give
it. Additionally, you’ll discover what you can learn from our curriculum
based assessments and how that compares to standardized testing
results. We’ll also analyze some real testing (from former students) to
make it all come to life.

—For returning parents (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
You don’t have to miss out! You’re invited to attend if you choose.

Please click on this Zoom link in order to attend. Questions? Please contact Riverside School at: (804) 320-3465.



News and Notes

May Calendar
Please click here for a schedule of events for the remainder of the month of May at Riverside School.

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

Parent / Teacher Conference Schedule is Set
 The year-end parent / teacher conference schedule for Thursday, June 10
is attached
for your convenience. Please note: If you don’t see your child’s name listed on the schedule, it means Riverside has already contacted you and confirmed other arrangements because of limited time slots.

All conferences will be conducted via Zoom virtual technology.

Attention, Riversiders: Parent Ambassadors Needed
The 2020-21 school year is rapidly coming to a close. Plans for the 2021-22 school year are already in the works.

 We want to continue the Ambassador Family Program at Riverside School. This program partners returning families with new families to make them
feel welcome in the Riverside community. Ambassador Families will answer questions and offer advice on everything from school drop-off to extracurricular activities.
Some Ambassador Families set up a summer play date at a public location to introduce the children.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador Family, please e-mail Debra Mitchell, Riverside’s Associate Head of School, at: dmitchell@riversideschool.org.

 Scholarship Submissions 
The 2021 scholarship application is now posted to the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (VBIDA) website. Click here or on the left side call-out that reads ‘Apply for Scholarships Now’ on the VBIDA site. Riverside School students have been awarded this scholarship from the VBIDA.



Riverside Students—Show Off Your Skills,
School Talent Show is June 2

THE ANNUAL RIVERSIDE TALENT SHOW will take place on Wednesday, June 2. The event will take place in the afternoon and an exact time will be determined once the number of acts is confirmed. A Zoom link will be shared with families.

 Students that would like to participate should prepare to perform for about two minutes. We are accepting video submissions or students can perform live at school, but students will view the show in classrooms via Zoom. If your child performs live, you will need to provide music and any materials they require for the performance. Students should begin practicing now.

Please e-mail Associate Head of School Debra Mitchell
(dmitchell@riversideschool.org) if your child plans to participate. Please indicate if you will submit a video or if your child will perform live on June 2.



Parents’ Association News

Join In for an Upcoming Parent Coffee
 Please save the date for the biweekly parent coffees via Zoom, where you can check in by ‘virtual’ means and chat with Riverside administrators. The next one
is Thursday, May 27 at 12 p.m. The last scheduled Parent Coffee for this
academic year is June 7 at 8:30 a.m. We 
would love for you to be a part of the dialogue and any topic is fair game. Please use this Zoom link in order to attend.



Bike Path Petition Needs Your Continued Support, Signatures

T HANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO SIGN, share, and even donate to the Bike Path petition. We currently have more than 200 signatures.

We would love to keep the momentum of the petition going, so please encourage family and friends to sign as well. You can also leave a comment on the petition if you haven’t already done so. And, of course, if you haven’t already signed the petition, please do so here.



Checking In from the Library
-Special author event at Chesterfield County Library

LIKE ‘BAD KITTY’ BOOKS? Chesterfield County Public Library is sponsoring a free virtual event with ‘Bad Kitty’ author, Nick Bruel, tonight from 7-8 p.m.

Please click here to learn more and register. 



Development Update

AS THE SCHOOL YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE, so does our chance of earning the $5,000 challenge grant for parent participation.

Many of you have seen our thermometer sign at carline. This tracks the percentage of current parents who have made an Annual Fund gift. If we can reach 100 percent, like we have in two of the past three years, Riverside will get an extra $5,000 from an anonymous donor.

Gifts can be any amount, even $1, and count toward that goal. Thank you to the 47 families (or 61 percent of you)who have already contributed a total of more than $20,000 to this year’s Annual Fund!

Gifts can be made online, or checks made out to ‘Riverside School’ can be sent to the attention of the Annual Fund. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Annual Fund or your giving history.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

 of school go so quickly! It’s a busy time at Riverside, but it is an exciting time, too.

Please know that in the very near future, we will be asking you to fill out a survey concerning your child’s overall experience here at Riverside this school year.

I thank you in advance for filling it out—it is very important for the school’s strategic planning and our efforts to provide the very best education for all of our students.

— Hal Waller
Head of School  



In Their Own Words

“I like Riverside because it is challenging.”



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

 What has two wings, a tail and breathes fires?

A chicken with heartburn!



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