Riverside School eNews, Sept. 12, 2019
Thursday, September 12th, 2019

For Your Calendar

Friday, Sept. 13 – Student Council Applications Due

 Friday, Sept. 13 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

Friday, Sept. 13 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 16 – Student Council Association Campaign Begins

Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Student Council Association Speeches
and Elections

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Library Event, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Progress Notes Issued

Friday, Sept. 20 – Picture Day

Friday, Sept. 20 – 12 p.m. Dismissal for Students / Teachers’ Workday

Important Calendar Change: The Transition Meeting for ‘Parents of 8th grade Students or Students Planning to Exit’ has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. It was previously on the calendar for Thursday, Oct. 17.



News and Notes

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

Student Council Association
Yesterday, information was shared with students at the Morning Assembly about the upcoming Student Council campaign and election and permission forms were handed out to interested students.

If your child is interested in running for an officer or class representative position, their forms must be returned to Mrs. Sculthorpe by tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 13.

The campaigning will begin on Monday, Sept. 16. Please e-mail Mrs. Sculthorpe at: ssculthorpe@riversideschool.org if you or your child have any questions.



News from the Library

Meet Me at the Public Library Event
 Next Wednesday, Sept. 18 is our ‘Riverside at the Library’ event
from 3:15-4:15 p.m. at Bon Air Public Library, which is located .7 miles from Riverside School at  9103 Rattlesnake Road, Richmond, Va. 23235.

Sign up for library cards, browse the stacks for good books, explore online databases, ebooks, and videos, and don’t forget to say hello to the service reading dog, ‘Dee the Pug,’ who will join us!

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.

Please contact librarian, Tracey Cain, for more information or to register via e-mail: 

Summer Reading Logs
Last call for summer reading logs! We will celebrate during library class from Sept. 25-26.



Parents’ Association News

Harvest Moon
 We are looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Harvest Moon Social, and areas of opportunity include:


  • – Decorations and Set-up
  • – Recruit donations for auction
  • – Catering
  • – Check-in

If you are interested, please reach out to Joyce Mullins (jamullins3@gmail.com) or Brittany Cooper (bncoop@comcast,net).

Next Parents’ Association Meeting
The next Parents’ Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8:15 a.m. in the library.



Special Parent Opportunity!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SAID YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INSIGHT INTO THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM APPROACH, but you’re not ready to commit to our 45-hour Associate Summer Course, we have just the thing for you!

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, we’re kicking off our Subscriber Series!

 In October, November, January and February, we’ll offer four different two-hour sessions of official AOGPE curriculum. Together, the eight hours of sessions cover the entire Subscriber
level curriculum. Attendance at all four sessions will qualify you to hold Subscriber Membership with the Academy (www.ortonacademy.org).

The Subscriber Sessions will be led by Cynthia Davis, a Fellow with the Academy.  The sessions are being offered and advertised to area professionals, however they are FREE for Riverside parents and grandparents.

Find more information here, and register today! 



Development Update

THE BEGINNING OF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR also marks the beginning of a new Annual Fund Campaign. Annual Fund donations enhance the Riverside experience by providing technology in the classrooms, funding teacher professional development, and supporting the school’s financial aid program.

 One of the first steps in the campaign is our Fall Phonathon, which will take place on the evenings of Oct. 1-2. Parents make GREAT phonathon volunteers because many of the people we call are former parents and grandparents who love to hear about what is happening at the school now. Everyone we are calling during this phonathon donated last year, so that makes the
job even easier.

Riverside provides dinner and training, so anyone can join in and be a big help, even if you have never participated in a phonathon. Please consider signing up for a shift–https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4bacab2fa4fd0-fall1.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

‘HARD WORK IS IMPORTANT’ was part of the message given to our students by Tom Dorsey, who kicked off our Adult Dyslexic Speaker series last week. In fact, this is perhaps the theme that is emphasized most often by our visiting adult dyslexic speakers.

The O-G Approach works for our dyslexic students, but it isn’t designed to be easy for them. I have observed many LF lessons in my time here at Riverside, and while the students do achieve success, and oftentimes remarkable success, our teachers are careful to constantly challenge them and encourage them to give their best.

The same is true in our classrooms. Our students experience true joy in questioning and learning, but our classroom and specials teachers have the goal of helping each of their students reach their highest potential, and this won’t happen without hard work.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will be talking about hard work with our student body. If you get the chance, please take some time to speak with your children about what hard work means to you and how it has affected your own life.

— Hal Waller
Head of School



In Their Own Words 

“I like math because I am learning new things.”

— Austin, student at Riverside School



Quote of the Week

“Hard work is still the road to prosperity, and there is no other.”

— Benjamin Franklin



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


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