For Your Calendar
Friday, Oct. 4 – Teachers’ Professional Development Day (no school for students)
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Mi Hacienda Lunch
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Parents’ Association Meeting, 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Art Club (‘It’s All Greek to Me,’
grades K-4 only), 3:05-4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Camp Horizons (Intermediate School)
Thursday, Oct. 10 – Camp Horizons (Intermediate School)
Thursday, Oct. 10 – Soccer Match: Riverside vs. Sabot ‘2,’
Friday, Oct. 11 – Camp Horizons (Intermediate School)
Friday, Oct. 11 – Pizza Hut Pizza Lunch
Friday, Oct. 11 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students
Friday, Sept. 11 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.
News and Notes
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 from 9-11 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.
Riverside’s Robin Hegner to Speak About Helping
Students With Dyslexia Succeed at School (Oct. 7)
The month of October signals Dyslexia Awareness Month and Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA) is hosting a series of events as a way of recognizing and increasing understanding about dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.
Riverside’s own Robin Hegner, a renowned Language Fundamentals instructor and an Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Fellow-in-Training, will be the guest speaker on Monday,
Oct. 7 at Bon Air Public Library (9103 Rattlesnake Road, Room A,
North Chesterfield, Va. 23235, 804-318-8966) from 7-8:30 p.m.
Robin will be sharing her knowledge about practical tools that
parents and loved ones can add to their ‘home toolbox’ in an
effort to enhance their child’s academic success and emotional
News from the Library
Riverside’s Birthday Book Club
Students can choose and donate a book and / or a book
on CD to the library in celebration of their birthday. Please complete the donation form and return it by Friday, Oct. 11.
We will help to match a title to your child’s interest and send home suggested titles. Additionally, links to wish lists will be sent home. Purchase(s) can be made directly by the family, or an order can be placed through the school.
Families who have registered to participate and have a child with a summer, September or October birthdays should contact Tracey Cain by e-mail, note or by completing the form in the Thursday folder to be able to participate in the October celebration, to be held Oct. 22 during morning assembly. For the October celebration, please respond by Oct. 6.
Please contact librarian, Tracey Cain, for more information or to register via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents’ Association News
Harvest Moon Update
Tickets for the Oct. 18 Harvest Moon event can be purchased at: https://riversideschool.org/support/harvest-moon-2019/
Tickets may also be purchased by sending in a check payable
to Riverside School for $40 per ticket, $30 per wine pull ticket
and $10 per set of beads for the heads or tails contest, noting ‘Harvest Moon’ on the memo line. You can also purchase additional wine pull tickets and sets of beads for the heads or
tails contest at the event.
As with previous years, the evening is sure to be full of fun and fellowship with food, beer and wine, live music from the ‘Riverside Ramblers,’ as well as a silent / live auction complete with great items to bid on—all to help ensure that Riverside remains vibrant and strong moving forward!
We are still in need of items to help complete the Classroom Auction gifts. Please sign up using the link provided below for your child’s class:
Mrs. Mayer, Ms. Myers or Mrs. Waldenmaier:
Mrs. Shoop or Mrs. Hague:
Mrs. Bushhouse, Mrs. Sculthrope or Mrs. Estes: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4da8a622aaf94-harvest2
Call for Harvest Moon Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers in several areas. If you are interested,
please reach out to Joyce Mullins (email@example.com) or Brittany Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Attention All Business Owners
We are looking for sponsors to be included in the Harvest Moon program. We are offering three different levels of sponsorship, outlined below:
Gold Level ($250) – The Sponsor would receive a full page in the program for a logo, contact information and up to a 100-word description. In addition, an extra large logo would be placed on the top tier of the sponsor sign at the event, as well as a special mention of thanks during the live auction and an individualized post of thanks on Riverside’s social media pages.
Silver Level ($100) – The Sponsor would receive a half-page in the program for a logo, contact information and up to a 50-word description. In addition, a large logo would be placed on the second tier of the sponsor sign at the event, as well as a special mention of thanks with a logo in a post with other Silver sponsors on Riverside’s social media pages.
Bronze Level ($50) – The Sponsor would have an entry in the program for a logo, contact information and up to a 25-word description. In addition, a logo would be placed on the third tier of sponsor sign at the event, as well as a special mention of thanks in a post with other Bronze sponsors on Riverside’s social media pages.
For additional information about sponsorships, please contact Riverside Director of Development, Leo Rohr, via e-mail at: email@example.com.
Next Parents’ Association Meeting
The next Parents’ Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8:15 a.m. in the library.
Don’t Toss Your Box Tops
We will be having a contest between homerooms during the month of October. The class with the most box tops 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 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!
THERE IS STILL ROOM REMAINING in the Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. Subscriber Session entitled ‘All about the Academy and What is O-G?’
If you have any of the questions below, this is the session for you!
• Why is it the right approach for teaching language to children with dyslexia?
• I know Riverside teachers use the Orton-Gillingham approach, but what is that, anyway?
• Who were Samuel Orton, and Anna Gillingham?
• What is the “Academy,” and why does it matter that Riverside’s School and Training Program are accredited with the Academy?
The class is FREE for Riverside parents and grandparents.
THE PAST TWO NIGHTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE HAVE BEEN BUSY with the Fall Phonathon. Thanks so much to our volunteer parents and Board members! It is such a nice occasion to be able to reach out and stay in touch with Riverside families, past and present.
Speaking of staying in touch, hopefully you received your 2018-19 Annual Report in the mail recently. I would like to give a special shout out to Riverside’s Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Andrew Blair, who not only designs attractive and informative print materials like the Annual Report, but also runs Riverside’s website and social media channels, and puts together this very e-newsletter every week. We are fortunate to have such a talented, dedicated, and overall great guy like Andrew on the Riverside team.
— Leo Rohr
Director of Development
from the desk of…
the Head of School
BY NOW, YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL our most recent Annual Report. In addition to some great photos and articles, the report is Riverside’s way of recognizing the philanthropy of our many generous donors.
Last year was a very successful fundraising year in all areas, but we had an especially great year in grants. Grants are gifts made to the school from organizations, not individuals. Typically, the school will have to apply for a grant, which means we provide information about the school and our community.
In 2018-19, Riverside received $197,650 in grants from 17 different organizations. This is over twice as much as we received the previous year, and it represents almost $2,500 per student.
One reason for our success in this area, I am convinced, was that we had 100 percent of families participate in the previous year’s Annual Fund Campaign. There is no better way for a school to convince granting organizations that the families of its students value the education their children are receiving.
In the weeks and months ahead, you will hear from me, from Leo Rohr, and from our Parents Association about the importance of our Annual Fund. Thanks in advance for your patience with our message, and thank you also in advance for helping us provide Riverside’s high standard of excellence.
— Hal Waller
Head of School
In Their Own Words
“I like that our teachers are always there to help me learn and understand.”
— Kenley, student at Riverside School
Last Friday’s Corny Joke
Why did Jimmy throw the clock out of the window?
He wanted to see time fly!