Riverside School eNews, Sept. 17, 2020
Thursday, September 17th, 2020

For Your Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Back-to-School Night—Ticer and North Building Students (via ‘Zoom’ platform / see details below), 7-8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18 – 12 p.m. Dismissal (Teachers’ Workday)

Tuesday, Sept. 22 – First Day of Fall

Wednesday, Sept. 23 – New Parent Workshop (via Zoom link), 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24 – Progress Notes Issued

Friday, Sept. 25 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Thursday, Oct. 1 – Parent Conferences (no school for students)



News and Notes

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

Notice About Back-to-School Night TONIGHT and
New Parent Workshop This Month

 Riverside families and loved ones, please be advised that tonight’s Back-
to-School night for Ticer and North Building students, as well as the New Parent Workshop (Sept. 23) will be conducted online via the Zoom
platform. These events are usually conducted in-person, but we are
putting a heavy emphasis on safety for everyone with a touchpoint to

Each event will take place from 7-8 p.m. and Zoom login information for specific classes are below:

Head of School Hal Waller’s introduction: https://bit.ly/33pK8xm
Mrs. Shoop’s class: https://bit.ly/2Fo2UgV
Mrs. Hague’s class: https://bit.ly/3khtBTd
Mrs. Bushhouse’s class: https://bit.ly/32xXd8H
Mrs. Sculthorpe’s class: https://bit.ly/3htjZTu
Mrs. Estes’ class: https://bit.ly/3c01rsM

Checking In from the Library
 Information is going home about the Birthday Book Club. Donate a book to
the Riverside School library with a personalized bookplate naming your child as the donor, made in honor of their birthday. Click here to learn more and register.

Also, remember to turn in summer reading logs, we want to celebrate our Riverside Readers!

Parent and Teacher Conferences
The first conference of the year will take place on Oct. 1. via the ‘Zoom’ online / technological platform. Please click here for the conference schedule.  

‘Direct Your Drive’ Toward Brightening the Future of Riverside Students
Through Riverside School’s participation in the Birdies for Charity Program, you can make a bonus gift to Riverside, Virginia’s most trusted school for students with dyslexia in grades K-8.

 From now until Oct. 18, just click this link: (https://bit.ly/32vAv13) to make a donation to Riverside—and brighten the future of our school and its

Riverside School will receive your gift, plus an additional 10 percent. You will receive a receipt via e-mail from PGA Tour Charity for tax-deduction

Learn more and donate to Riverside School at: https://bit.ly/32vAv13.



Development Update

LAST WEEK, RIVERSIDE STAFF HIT 100 PERCENT PARTICIPATION in Annual Fund giving for the sixth year in a row. Last school year, Riverside’s staff, board, advisory council, and current parents all hit that monumental 100 percent participation goal, which is an amazing feat for an independent school.

 Having all of these groups show such incredible support for Riverside, especially in uncertain and challenging times, sends a powerful signal
to the greater community and is so important for our fundraising efforts.

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach these milestones, and for your continued support as we strive to maintain the enhancements to the
Riverside experience that the Annual Fund sustains.

— Leo Rohr

Director of Development 



from the desk of…
the Head of School

last night to our home Zoom test of Riverside-issued devices. It was fun to see so many smiling faces of students, and I am so happy to feel confident that if we do need to switch temporarily to remote learning, we will be able to do so quickly and effectively.

Last night was also my first experience with a Zoom Back-to-School Night. At 7 p.m., the parents of students in the classes of Mrs. Mayer, Ms. Myers, and Ms. Nagy, first came to a large-group Zoom to be introduced to the administrative team and to Specials teachers (Physical Education, Art, Music, etc.). Then the group broke up by class to hear presentations led by their children’s teachers.

Tonight, we will be doing the same for the remaining five homeroom classes in the school.

Of course my preference would be to do Back-to-School Night in person, but there are some benefits to doing it this way, including cutting down on late-evening commutes and including parents who are out-of-town.

In any case, we definitely appreciate the patience and understanding of our Riverside families as we all try new things and new approaches together.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


In Their Own Words

“At Riverside, there is always someone willing to help you.”

Lia, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


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