Riverside School eNews, Nov. 21, 2019
Thursday, November 21st, 2019

For Your Calendar

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

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

Friday, Nov. 22 – Pizza Hut Pizza Day

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

Monday, Nov. 25 – Book Fair Hours: 7:30-8 a.m. and
3-4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Book Fair Hours: 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – 12 p.m. Dismissal for Students

Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving Holiday Break (No School)

Monday, Dec. 2 – School Resumes

Monday, Dec. 2 – Decoding Dyslexia Virginia, Richmond, Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Mi Hacienda Day

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

Thursday, Dec. 5 – Progress Notes Issued

Friday, Dec. 6 – Pizza Hut Pizza Day

Friday, Dec. 6 – 2:15 Dismissal for Students

Friday, Dec. 6 – Basketball Club (grades 2-8), 2:15-3:15 p.m.


News and Notes

December Calendar

Please click
here for a schedule of events for the month of December 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!

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Practices, to be held at Riverside, will take place on Dec. 6 and 13, as well as Jan. 10, 24 and 31, and Feb. 7, 21 and 28. Games are to be announced.

Children should bring a basketball and water bottle if they have them. Cost is $75 per child.

Please click here to learn more and register.

Reminder: Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 22) is ‘Dress as Your Favorite Book Character’ Day
 Tomorrow is a Fun Friday! Students are encouraged to dress up like their favorite book character. Please remember, no masks or weapons are allowed. If students choose to participate, Student Council asks that they bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Central Virginia Food Bank. Even if students don’t want to dress up, they can still bring food to donate. Please contact Mrs. Sculthorpe (ssculthorpe@riversideschool.org) with
any questions.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is Coming Next Week
Grandparents and Special Friends Day starts next 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 a variety 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!

Save the Date for Decoding Dyslexia Virginia’s Next Meeting–
Dec. 2 at Riverside School

Decoding Dyslexia Virginia’s, Richmond, monthly meeting for December will be conducted on Monday Dec. 2 at Riverside from 7-8:30 p.m. and feature renowned educational expert Dr. Shanan Raines, Ph.D. The topic of the interactive discussion is called ‘Is It Dyslexia?’ as Dr. Raines, who is well-known by Decoding Dyslexia Virginia families, provides further insights into dyslexia and the testing that can lead to identification and, hopefully, the instruction that is needed. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Please click here to learn more.


News From the LibraryBook Fair Starts
Tomorrow, Continues Next Week

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

Days and hours are: Friday, Nov. 22 (7:30-8 a.m. and 2:15-
3:15 p.m.); Monday, Nov. 25 (7:30-8 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.) and Tuesday, Nov. 26 which is Grandparents and Special Friends Day (7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.).

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 have the opportunity to 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.

Note: Library classes will resume after Thanksgiving break. Please have your children return library books before the break if they are finished with them.  Thank you!



Parents’ Association News

Lunches in December
 December Hot Lunch Order Forms are coming home today in your child’s Thursday folder. They are due by next Monday, Nov. 25. Late orders will NOT be accepted after this date.

Please click here to download a form.

Lunch Volunteers Needed
Please click here if you are able to help distribute lunches. New dates have been added for December. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated.

Library Helpers 
 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.

Box Tops   
Please keep clipping and saving box tops as we will keep collecting them throughout the school year.

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.


Music Notes

THE CHILDREN AND I ARE ENJOYING OUR SONGS in preparation for Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Also, we took some time last week to begin learning the notes of the treble clef. We will be using this knowledge to help us play the notes on the xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones.

Learning to read music is an invaluable skill. I was really excited at how quickly the children learned to read the notes! We will be continuing to work on our note reading skills and will be rehearsing our songs again this week.

— Cori Bider
Music Teacher



Development Update

GREETINGS FROM THE NEW Development and Communications office! Yesterday, we moved into new digs, located just beyond Ticer Hall in the St. Michael’s Parish House. I’m excited about having a bigger office, but more importantly, Riverside’s LF Department is excited about having the extra space in our old office.

Speaking of excitement, we are now just days away from Grandparents and Special Friends Day, and the buzz is building! It’s not too late for your grandparent or special friend to RSVP and join us. They can contact me at: lrohr@riversideschool.org or (804) 320-3465, ext. 106.

I’m looking forward to a great day!

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

of the day here at Riverside. This morning, I had the sublime pleasure of holding the lyrics cue cards for our classes as our Music Teacher Cori Bider led them in practice for next week’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day musical performance.

I love music, and I love that Riverside has such a great music program—led by Chris Bachmann last year and Cori Bider this year. (Chris was substitute teaching for us today, so she got to hear the students’ sing also.

There is no doubt that using the O-G Approach to help students with dyslexia is Riverside’s ‘raison d’être,’ but it is vitally important that we also offer our students great programs in all areas, including music. And if our students’ singing this morning is any indication, we are doing well with this.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


In Their Own Words

“I like that the teaching is one-on-one and that we are learning to read faster.”

Paddy, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


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