This Coming Week’s Events…
Thursday, Nov. 12 – Admissions Open House (via Zoom), 9-11 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Adult Dyslexic Speaker (via Zoom) – Dusty Tokotch, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Parents’ Association Meeting (via Zoom) – 12-1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 – OGA Subscriber Session II: ‘Dyslexia Details’
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20 – Parent Coffee, 8:30-9 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 20 – Fun Friday: ‘Sports Day’ theme (cost is one canned or non-perishable food item for FeedMore)
Tuesday, Nov. 24 – Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day (virtual)
Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break (no school)
A Special Veterans Day Message from Riverside Social Skills
Teacher and Vietnam Veteran Curtis Hofstetter
During this week’s Veterans Day, ‘Mr. Curtis,’ as he is affectionately known around the Riverside School campus, talks about service, sacrifice and survival—and how dyslexia played an important role—during his time in the U.S. armed forces. Click here to play the video.
Parents Association News
The Parent Association is looking forward to our first meeting of the year. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 12-1 p.m. All parents are welcome to join this Zoom meeting, where we will be discussing ways that we can stay connected and involved during these challenging times of Covid-19.
Tune in to an Upcoming Parent Coffee With Head of School Hal Waller
Riverside Head of School Hal Waller will be holding a parent coffee next Friday,
Nov. 20 (8:30-9 a.m.) via the Zoom technological platform. He welcomes the opportunity to speak directly with you so feel free to drop in to the online session to ask questions, listen to updates, or chat with fellow parents. Please use this Zoom link.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day (11/24)—A Call for Contact Information
We can use your help in spreading the word and encouraging your grandparents and special friends to join the virtual festivities on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Please contact Leo Rohr (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. | Mrs. Mayer’s class
8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. | Ms. Myers’ class
9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. | Ms. Nagy’s class
9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. | Mrs. Shoop’s class
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Mrs. Hague’s class
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. | Mrs. Bushhouse’s class
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Mrs. Sculthorpe’s class
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Mrs. Estes’ class
News Link of Interest, Supporting Riverside’s Approach to Education
For 40 years Riverside school has been on the right side of science and has used the alphabetic, phonetic based Orton-Gillingham approach to teach reading. Riverside has always valued phonemic awareness and we encourage you to
read a recent editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch called ‘Phonics makes a surprising comeback.’ Click here to read the piece.
Special Parent Opportunity
PLEASE JOIN US FOR SUBSCRIBER SESSION II: DYSLEXIA DETAILS on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Do you know which of these is a myth?
• – Letter reversals are a big red flag for dyslexia
• – Dyslexia can be caused by problems with visual perception
• – We don’t yet really know exactly how dyslexia affects the brain
• – Kids with dyslexia read backwards
All of these are myths! Come find out the TRUTH at our Subscriber Session II: ‘Dyslexia Details.’
Please note: Sessions will be conducted remotely using the ‘Zoom’ platform. Login information will be sent in advance of each session.
YOU MAY REMEMBER ME WRITING about the Birdies for Charity Program last month. I am happy to report that Riverside received some very generous donations through that program, which will be increased by 10 percent thanks to the Birdies bonus. Riverside received $19,750 in gifts through the program, which means an extra $1,975 will be coming to the school! This is more than twice what we
raised through Birdies last year, and it is such a great kick-off to our
Annual Fund Campaign.
Thank you so much to our Birdies donors!
— Leo Rohr
Director of Development
from the desk of…
the Head of School
THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL OF YOU who took the time to respond to our parent survey last week. We had 60 respondents (out of approximately 80 families), and I am happy to report that the results were overwhelmingly positive for the first two questions, which asked parents to rate ‘how well you felt prepared by the school for this time of remote learning’ and ‘how well you felt supported by the school during this time of remote learning.’
Forty of you also shared your comments and suggestions in answering the final question. I promise you that all of these responses are being read and considered by the leadership team as we plan for the future.
There is no doubt that in our Riverside community we have some different opinions on the best way to respond to the identification of a case of Covid in our on-campus community, but I believe that we are all unified in our commitment to the idea that in-person learning is what we want to maximize this year because it is how our students learn best.
— Hal Waller
Head of School
In Their Own Words…
“I like that there are small class sizes here.”
— Josie, student at Riverside School
Last Friday’s Corny Joke
What would a cow say if you refused to leave its field?