Riverside School eNews, Oct. 24, 2019
Thursday, October 24th, 2019

For Your Calendar

Friday, Oct. 25 – 12 p.m. Dismissal for Students / Teachers’ Work Day

Friday, Oct. 25 – No Soccer Practice

 Monday, Oct. 28– Pizza Hut Pasta Day

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – November Lunch Order Forms Due

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Symphony Field Trip (for students in Ticer Hall and the North building), 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Art Club (‘It’s All Greek to Me,’ grades K-4 only),
3:05-4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Box Tops Due

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Picture Orders Due

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Wear Halloween Colors Day

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Lower School and North Building Parties, 2:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

Friday, Nov. 1 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.



News and Notes

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

Save Your Spot for Admissions Open House, Set for Nov. 14 at Riverside
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 a language-based learning difference, join us to learn more about our school and programs at Admissions Open House on Nov. 14 from9-11 a.m.:

• Ask questions and talk with current students, as well as parents
• Learn more about our programs and the Orton-Gillingham Approach
• Speak with our teaching faculty, instructors, and administrators
• Learn about the application process
• Tour our expanded campus

Riverside is a school where students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences thrive thanks to small class sizes that allow teachers to focus on the individual needs of each student. Faculty is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, the cornerstone of Riverside’s teaching philosophy. Our programs provide academic challenge while also fostering student confidence.

Click here to learn more and reserve your spot.

Save the Date for a New Parent Workshop—Dyslexia Simulation,
Nov. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
The next New Parent Workshop will take place on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. This workshop will take you through a simulation that is designed to help you experience the difficulties and frustrations that students with dyslexia and related differences encounter daily with reading, writing and spelling.

All new families are requested to have at least one parent present for this important educational session.

New parents are welcome to invite family members to join them. Please RSVP to akunkle@riversideschool.org or call (804) 320-3465.

Please click here to learn more.

Theme Thursday—Happy Halloween (Oct. 31)
 Next Thursday (Oct. 31) will be the first Theme Thursday of the year! Students are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween colors (think black, orange, yellow, green and yellow). This is not a service learning event, so there is no donation collected
for this event. Please contact Mrs. Sculthorpe at: ssculthorpe@riversideschool.org if you have any questions.

Riverside School Picture Proofs
 Students’ school picture proofs are coming home today in the Thursday folders. Ordering pictures is optional, but the proof needs to be returned to Riverside either way.



News From the Library

WE HAD OUR SUMMER MONTHS THROUGH OCTOBER Birthday Book Club presentation this past Tuesday. The students chose great books to add to our collection and interest is high to check them out!

Now it is time to start planning for the November Birthday Book Club, which will be held Nov. 12. If you have a child with a November birthday, please look for more information in today’s Thursday folder.



Music Notes

STUDENTS IN THE NORTH BUILDING (Mrs. Shoop’s and Mrs. Hague’s classes) and Ticer (Mrs. Bushhouse’s, Mrs. Sculthorpe’s, and Mrs. Estes’ classes) will be attending the Richmond Symphony on Oct. 30, 2019. We will be leaving at 9:30 a.m. and returning around 12 p.m. “Please have your child wear dress clothes and appropriate attire to this event.

 It will be a fun and educational trip and we are excited to share this awesome experience with my Riverside students.

Below, please find the link to the Discovery concert website to learn more: https://www.richmondsymphony.com/community/

Field trip permission forms will be coming home today in your student’s Thursday folder or you may click here for a permission form.

Please e-mail Cori Bider at: cbider@riversideschool.org if you have any questions.



Parents’ Association News

Next Parents’ Association Meeting
 Our next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m. Juliette Sykes, a former Riverside parent and the treasurer of Riverside’s Board of Trustees’, will discuss the possible tax benefits for Riverside Parents and recent changes to tax
laws, including new K-12 options for 529 plans.

Juliette is passionate about being a catalyst to assist others in realizing their dreams through financial security. Juliette has more than 20 years of proven success in pivotal roles: senior auditor with a Big 4 CPA firm; financial analyst with a Fortune 500 corporation; and small business owner.

Lunch Updates
 Order forms for November are coming home today in Thursday
folders. You may also click
here to download the order form and send in with your check by next Tuesday, Oct. 29. Late orders will not be
accepted after this date

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.

Don’t Toss Your Box Tops
 This is the final call for parents to send in their Box Tops by the end
of October. Be sure to put the teacher’s name on them. The class who collects the most will win a pizza party.

Show Your School Spirit With a Riverside Car Magnet
 Riverside School car magnets are now available to purchase for two
$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

NEXT MONTH’S SUBSCRIBER SESSION ‘2’, Dyslexia Details, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

We will answer the following questions:

 1. What’s the difference between a dyslexic brain and a neurotypical brain?
2. What are the characteristics of dyslexia, and how is
it diagnosed?
3. What are some myths about dyslexia, and what’s
the truth?
4. What are some social and emotional effects of dyslexia and helpful related resources?

Please click here to register



Development Update

to everyone who donated, volunteered, attended, bid, or in any way supported the Harvest Moon. It was a lovely evening to come together as a school community and enjoy fine food, rocking music, and great company. Please read Mr. Waller’s entry below for more specific shout outs and thank yous!

Your bids and donations are still being totaled, but I am so excited that they will go toward supporting the arts at Riverside. I hear that teachers are already coming up with ideas to use those funds. However to me, the fellowship is even more important than the funds, and you all provided that in abundance.

Thank you all for your spirit of community and participation that helps make Riverside such a special place.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE SO MANY PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND PAST PARENTS at our Harvest Moon Social this past Friday night.

The food was outstanding, thanks to my favorite Mexican restaurant Mi Hacienda, which just happens to be owned by Riverside parents Javier and Jennifer Ornelas. (They are located nearby on Midlothian Turnpike, if you haven’t eaten there yet.)

The entertainment, our own Riverside Ramblers, was also excellent (with the exception of when a certain bow-tie wearing principal joined the band to warble out a few numbers). In all seriousness, thank you to parents David ‘Sully’ Sullivan and David Peterson and to faculty spouse Steve Bider for providing such great music.

Thank you also to all who bid on and who “won” auction items. My personal favorite auction item, a special reserved teacher parking space, was won by parents for classroom teacher Heather Mayer. Sara Sculthorpe was the recipient of this honor last year, and the sign has been transferred from the Ticer lot over here to the Main building lot for Mrs. Mayer.

And, of course, thank you so much to our Harvest Moon volunteer team, led by Brittany Cooper and Joyce Mullins! There isn’t a more important event for our Riverside Community, and we are very lucky to have such wonderful parents to make it happen.

Click here for a photo gallery from the Parents’ Association Harvest Moon Social.

— Hal Waller
Head of School



In Their Own Words

“It’s easy to make friends here even if you don’t know anyone at first.”

Bryce, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


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