Riverside School eNews, May 28, 2020
Thursday, May 28th, 2020

For Your Calendar

Please click here for a pdf of the June calendar of events at Riverside >>

Friday, May 29 — Last Day of Classroom Instruction

Tuesday, June 2 — Last Day of Language Fundamentals Instruction

Tuesday, June 2 — Report Cards Issued (via e-mail)

Wednesday, June 3 — Morning Assembly, 8 a.m.

Wednesday, June 3 — Riverside Family Car Parade, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Wednesday, June 3 — Online / ‘Virtual’ Moving-On Ceremony, 12 p.m.

Monday, June 8 — Brown Bag Pick-Up / iPad and Chromebook Drop-Off

Sunday, June 21 — Father’s Day



Important Guidelines for Riverside Family Car Parade (June 3)

ALL RIVERSIDE FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE in our Family Car Parade on Wednesday, June 3, starting at 9:30 and running until 10:15 a.m. Riverside faculty and staff will be on the soccer field (socially-distanced) and will wave to and speak with families as they drive past on our afternoon car loop.

We do ask families to follow these rules for the event:

All family members must stay in their car, but windows may be down
• — Cars should drive slowly and NOT stop along the route

Thank you so much, and we are looking forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday!

— Hal Waller
Head of School



News and Notes

 -Draft- of Riverside Academic Calendar for 2020-21
Please click here for a tentative schedule for the 2020-21 school year (note: the schedule is subject to change).

Have Fun With ‘Fancy Friday’ Tomorrow
 The last ‘Friday Fun Day for the academic year is tomorrow (May 29). Students and staff are encouraged to wear their fanciest and finest clothes. We look forward to seeing everyone’s wardrobe selection and ensembles. Thank you for your support of our special events throughout the year.

Time to Update Your Zoom Account
We have all been increasingly reliant on Zoom  technology. With this
in mind, parents should update their Zoom account to Zoom 5.0. Parents will need at least Zoom 5.0 to participate in Zoom meetings
after May 30.

Please click here for additional information.

Riversiders—Now is the Time to Claim Your Lost and Found Items
There are an assortment of unclaimed items in Riverside’s ‘Lost and Found’ area.
If you see a belonging in these pictures or notice something now
missing that was once yours, please come to school and claim it. Office hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Join Us for Riverside’s ‘Virtual’ Moving-On Ceremony
 Riverside will honor a school tradition by conducting its Moving-On Ceremony. The event is set for Wednesday, June 3 from 12-1 p.m.

In addition to parents, on this special day, grandparents, other loved ones and families are encouraged to tune in, as well, via Zoom.

Riverside’s Moving-On ceremony signals select kids’ departure from Riverside as they prepare to set off to a different public, private or specialty school. Empowering students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences so they can continue to flourish in a variety of ways is a mission that is at the center of Riverside’s purpose.

 Final Bag Pickup and Technology / Work Drop-Off
Bags of supplies will be available for pick up on campus on Monday, June 8 from
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Technological items, such as iPads and Chromebooks borrowed from Riverside, as well as work assignments are also due that day.



A Few Spots Remain for Riverside Summer Camp—Sign Up Today

 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, set for July 20-31 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.

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


Reserve Your Spot for the Next Academic Year
at Riverside—Limited Space Available

 WANT TO CHANGE YOUR CHILD / LOVED ONE’S LIFE forever and for the better? Riverside School offers that opportunity, and now is the time to act.

Please note: Riverside has a -limited- number of openings for admissions
for the 2020-21 school year.

Please contact Riverside Associate Head of School / Director of Admission, Transition and Testing Debra Mitchell: dmitchell@riversideschool.org to
learn more about the admissions and enrollment process.



We’re Hiring

 WANT TO BE A PART OF A GREAT TEAM in a supportive environment at a flourishing school—and help make a difference in the lives of children? Riverside
is inviting qualified individuals to apply for a math teacher position.

Learn more here and apply >>



Photo Galleries / Helpful Articles

BELOW IS A LOOK at some of the happenings from a pictorial and editorial perspective that have a touchpoint to Riverside during this challenging time.

• – No Masking Riverside Language Fundamentals Instructor Jenn Walker’s Compassion, Determination During the COVID-19 Crisis >>



Music Notes

HI, RIVERSIDE! I hope you all had fun and learned a lot in music this year.

Whether you are continuing at Riverside or not, I am offering private music
lessons over the summer months to facilitate the learning process. I teach
adults and children of all ages. Please feel free to send me an e-mail (cbider@riversideschool.org) to schedule your first lesson / interview.

Hugs to all! Have a safe summer if I don’t see you.

— Cori Bider
Music Teacher



Development Update


 Time is running out to make a contribution to Riverside’s Annual Fund and
help us earn the $5,000 challenge grant. We are halfway to our goal of 100 percent participation. The last day for gifts to count toward the challenge will
be our final bag pickup day of June 8.

I’d like to remind you that any gift made in honor of someone (be that a teacher, a hardworking student, or a family member) will be specially acknowledged in
our annual report.

Thanks for supporting Riverside! I hope to see you at the family parade and our Moving-On ceremony next Wednesday.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

FOR MY LAST ‘FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL’S DESK FOR THE YEAR, I will try to answer the questions posed to me by a parent recently (thank you, Erin!):

“Is there a date that Riverside plans to make the ‘go’ / ‘no go’ decision on the approach for the start of the school next year (whatever the format may be)? When can parents expect to know whether school will be in person, remote or some combo (or something else!)?”

My short answer is that as of right now, we are planning on holding school on campus and in person, not only for the fall but also for our Summer Orton-Gillingham Camp, which runs from July 20-31. This is what we all want—to teach our students here at the Riverside campus!

Our plan is to follow all guidelines provided to us by the Governor to ensure the safety of our students and teachers while still providing the highest quality education that has been the hallmark of Riverside School for 46 years.

If the Governor decides at any point that we will not be able to reopen Virginia school campuses on time, or that we must use some sort of remote / in-person hybrid model, then we will, of course, follow these guidelines.

I wish that I knew exactly how the coming weeks and months will be, but I do know that at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later, Riverside’s campus will return to normal, with students and teachers doing what we do best.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


Important Links for Coronavirus / COVID-19 Awareness

• – Coronavirus.gov
• – Five Ways to Follow the Coronavirus Outbreak for Any Metro Area in the U.S.
• – Comcast Xfinity Free Hotspot Map
• – Social Distancing 101
• – Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary
• – World Health Organization COVID-19 Information
• – Talking to Children About COVID-19
• – Virginia Department of Health
• – Traveler’s Health
• – ‘M*A*S*H’ and the Coronavirus (PSA)



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