Riverside School eNews, Nov. 14, 2019
Monday, November 18th, 2019

For Your Calendar

Friday, Nov. 15 – Pizza Hut Pasta Day

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

Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Mi Hacienda Lunch

Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Drama Club (grades 3-8),
3:05-4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21 – Bake Sale (Myers)

Friday, Nov. 22 – Theme Day: ‘Dress as Your Favorite
Book Character’

Friday, Nov. 22 – Pizza Hut Pizza Day

Friday, Nov. 22 – Book Fair, 7:30-8 a.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students


News and Notes

November Calendar

Please click
here for a schedule of events for the month of November at Riverside.

Ready for Some Roundball? Register for Riverside’s Basketball Club

 For Riverside students interested in basketball, the school will be offering practices and games for grades 2-8. As in the past, our
focus is centered on learning teamwork and basketball skills, as well as encouraging full participation and having fun!

Practices, to be held at Riverside, will take place on Dec. 6 and 13,
Jan. 10, 24 and 31, and Feb. 7, 14 and 28. Games are to be announced.

Children should bring a basketball if they have one. Cost is $75 per child.

Please click here to learn more and register.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is Tuesday, Nov. 26. Listed below are the times for the guests to attend:

 • – 8:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m. – Mayer, Myers, and
Waldenmaier (meeting in Riverside’s Commons)
• – 9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. – Bushhouse, Estes, and Sculthorpe
(meeting in St. Michael’s Parish House)
• – 10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. – Hague and Shoop (meeting in Riverside’s Commons)

Come Check Out Riverside’s New Parent Library
Recently introduced, Riverside has initiated a parent library in our school entryway.

This area features a wide range of books, including avariety of insightful selections that provide interesting insights into dyslexia from some of the top experts in the field as we all look to glean more information about dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Parents and visitors, please feel welcome to pick up a book to read and remember to sign it out on the accompanying sheet on the table.

Please e-mail: cdavis@riversideschool.org should you have any questions.

Thank you for your support of Riverside School!


News From the LibraryBook Fair is Coming Next Week!

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Scholastic Book Fairto be held at Riverside School from Nov. 22-26. It will coincide with the annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day event on Nov. 26.

Riverside’s Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings a wonderful selection of books for students to choose from and pique their interest. Students will shop with parents and loved ones rather than on their own.

Online shopping is also available through this link.

Please click here for more information, including dates and times for Scholastic Book Fair.



Parents’ Association News

Riverside Spirit Wear—Orders Due by Tomorrow (Nov. 15)
It’s time to show your school spirit! Place your order by tomorrow, Nov. 15, for hoodie-sweatshirts, long-sleeved hoodies, short-sleeved t-shirts, water bottles and magnets. And remember … the holidays are quickly approaching!

Orders have already been sent home, but you may click here for the order form.

Box Top Winners!
 Miss. Myers’ class had the most box tops and is the classroom winner! They collected a total of 192 box tops and have won a pizza party for their class.

Lunches in November
 Please click here if you are able to help distribute lunches in November. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated in advance.

Volunteers Needed in the Library 
 Mrs. Cain is looking for help on Tuesdays in the library from 8:30-10 a.m. checking in books, returning books to their shelves and with various other projects.

Please click here to sign up.

Show Your School Spirit With a Riverside Car Magnet
 Riverside School car magnets are now available to purchase for two for $5 or $3 each. Checks should be made payable to Riverside’s Parents’ Association. Please see Anne Kunkle at the front desk if you are interested.



Special Parent Opportunity With
New Subscriber Session

the below statements are myths?

 • – 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.

The fact is that all of the above assertions are myths! Come find out the TRUTH at our Subscriber Session: Dyslexia Details NEXT WEDNESDAY,
Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Please click here to register



Development Update

WE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE RSVPs for Grandparents and Special Friends Day and the turnout is shaping up to be outstanding! Please encourage your special guests to RSVP, if they have not already done so, by Nov. 19.

Guests that day will be treated to a student musical performance and a short talk from Riverside alumna Eliza Bullock, whom you may remember from the alumni spotlight in Riverside’s most recent Annual Report. Guests will then be able to visit several demonstrations and activity stations throughout the school to get a glimpse of life at Riverside.

Please remember that we have a Noon dismissal that day, though you are welcome to arrange for your special guest to take your child home after their session.

Thanks for your help in making this a great day for our students and guests!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development


from the desk of…
the Head of School

of taking part in our fall Open House. The event is planned by Debra Mitchell, our Associate Head and Director of Admissions and Transitions, and she does a wonderful job of presenting Riverside School to parents who are considering us as the school for their child.

One thing that struck me this morning is how well Riverside is able to provide the best parts of the ‘typical’ school experience to our kids, such as after-school activities and sports. Our kids do indeed learn differently, but it is exactly because our teachers are masters at teaching their students the way they need to be taught, that every other part of our students’ school experience can be so positive.

When I welcomed the visiting parents, I described Riverside as Richmond’s most important school, not only for the experience we offer our students, but also because of the training we offer teachers in the Orton-Gillingham Approach. This has been shared with me many times by others in the Richmond educational community.

Thank you, parents, for continuing to spread the news about the important work done here by our teachers.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


In Their Own Words

“The teachers here are really helpful. They make learning fun by using games—that helps.”

Jordan, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

Why did Summer break up with Winter?

They had a Fall-ing out!


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