Riverside School eNews, Oct. 15, 2020
Thursday, October 15th, 2020

This Coming Week’s Events…

Thursday, Oct. 15 – Transition Meeting for Parents of Eighth Grade Students or Students Planning to Exit (via ‘Zoom’ link), 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16 – Student Council Classroom Representative Applications Due

Friday, Oct. 16 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Friday, Oct. 16 – Soccer Clinic, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events…

Monday, Oct. 19 – Parent Coffee, 12-12:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 19 – Soccer Clinic (for Main Building students only), 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Student Council Classroom Representative Speeches and Election

Wednesday, Oct. 21 – AOGPE Subscriber Session I—All About Orton-Gillingham,
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23 – Parent Coffee, 8:30-9 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 23 – Teachers’ Workday (12 p.m. dismissal for students)

Monday, Oct. 26 – Soccer Clinic (for Main Building students only), 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Tuesday Oct. 27 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 30 – Halloween



News and Notes

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

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

Attn: This Evening’s Transition Meeting Attendees
 Please contact Debra Mitchell, Riverside School’s Director of Admission, Transition, and Testing if you are considering transition from Riverside during the 2021-22 school year, and if you have not already received information or the Zoom link for tonight’s meeting at 7 p.m. 

Register Today for Riverside’s Admissions Open House (Nov. 12)
 Want to change your child’s / loved one’s life forever and for the better?

Learning to read should be as easy as ABC. For one out of five children, it’s not. If you or someone you know has a student who is struggling to read and that you think may have language-based learning difference, join us to learn more about Riverside and our programs at Admissions
Open House on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 9-11 a.m.

Join us at Admissions Open House and:

• – Talk with current staff, students, and Riverside parents
• – Learn more about our programs and the Orton-Gilllingham Approach
• – Speak with our teaching faculty, instructors, and administrators
• – Learn more about the application process
• – Receive details about our current procedures and future plans for a Covid-safe Riverside School

Please note: This event will be conducted via the ‘Zoom’ online / technological platform. Login information will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

Please click here to learn more and register for Admissions Open House.

Remote Language Fundamentals Instruction Available to Absent Students
 Riverside is now offering remote Language Fundamentals instruction to any student who is absent from school. All you have to do is make the request by 8 a.m. on the day of the absence to our Office Manager, Denise Glidden, via phone or e-mail:
(804) 320-3465 or dglidden@riversideschool.org.

We ask that all remote lessons be taught with our students signed-in to their Riverside Google accounts. In order to do this, you will need to have Google Chrome installed on your home computer or device. Here’s a short video tutorial for how to do that:

Student Council, 2020-21
Congratulations to all of our Student Council Officer candidates. It takes courage to run for office, and our candidates acquitted themselves well throughout the campaign. The 2020-21 Student Council Officers are:

President: William Wesley
Vice President: Waverly Adams Parrish
Secretary: Logan Cooper
Treasurer: Oregon Telfian
Historian: Elena Meier

As a reminder, Classroom Representative applications are due to homeroom teachers tomorrow, ahead of Wednesday’s classroom elections. Please click here for a classroom representative application.

Parent Coffees
 Riverside Head of School Hal Waller will be holding two parent coffees next
week. There are no big announcements being made. He just wants the
opportunity to talk directly with you. Feel free to drop in to the Zoom meeting to
ask questions, listen to updates, or chat with fellow parents. The dates and times
are: Oct. 19 from 12-12:30 p.m. and Oct. 23 from 8:30-9 a.m. Please use this Zoom

Riverside Seeking An Instructional Aide Employee
(working on Mondays only from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
 Want to be part of a flourishing independent day school, complete with students actively engaged in the learning process, as well as top-tier and supportive faculty, staff, and administrators?

Riverside School is currently inviting qualified applicants to fill a part-time Instruction Aide position. The successful candidate will work on Mondays only from
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and serve multiple instructional areas, including classroom support, computer lab monitoring, and  student supervision, among other responsibilities.

Click here to learn more and apply. 



Special Parent Opportunity
 ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, WE’RE KICKING OFF our first Orton-Gillingham
(O-G) Subscriber Series session, which will be held on Zoom from 6:30-
8:30 p.m.

The session, entitled “All About Orton-Gillingham” will help you understand how our Language Fundamentals teachers practice the O-G Approach,
what it is, how it came to be, and why it works.  The session is led by Cynthia Davis, our Language Fundamentals  Teacher Trainer and Orton-Gillingham

Click here to register for our October session

Click here for more information about the Subscriber Session Series 



Parents’ Association News

 RIGHT AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR, we’re typically preparing for Harvest Moon,
our Fall social event where families connect and we raise funds for Riverside.
Hopefully, we will be able to safely bring families together in the Spring.

In the meantime, we will be collecting box tops. You can send in the physical box
tops with your child and we will submit them. Additionally, box tops has been converting
to an electronic version where you scan your receipt.

— Brittany Cooper
President, Riverside School’s Parents’ Association



Development Update

 MR. WALLER AND I ARE FINISHING UP our second week of meetings with new parents. It is so nice to get the chance to talk with Riverside families and get to know you better. We are looking forward to our remaining meetings tomorrow and next week.

I’m also looking forward to the two parent coffees we have scheduled for next week. All parents are welcome to join us for those (see above for dates, times, and links).

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development 



from the desk of…
the Head of School

FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, I have been meeting via Zoom with the families of our new students. Even though we aren’t able to meet in person, it is great to see parents “face to face” via Zoom.

In these meetings, I always ask about how the school year is going for them and for their children, I ask about their ‘path’ to Riverside, and I ask about how we are doing with our COVID response protocols.

I am happy to share that the responses from our new families so far have been overwhelmingly positive. Even in a time of COVID, students are having great experiences at Riverside.

Of course a big part of that is the Orton-Gillingham Approach to education, which informs everything we do here at Riverside.

But most importantly, it is our amazing teachers and instructors who ensure the success of our students. As I have said many times, I have not had the privilege of working with a more professional, more highly-trained faculty than the one we have here at Riverside. Our teachers understand how our students learn, and they have a heart for our students that is truly inspiring.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


In Their Own Words

“I am having fun learning about times tables and multiplication charts in math and leaves and plant life in science.”

Caleb, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

What is a stone’s favorite music?

Rock and roll!


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