Riverside School eNews, Sept. 19, 2019
Thursday, September 19th, 2019

For Your Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Progress Notes Issued

T hursday, Sept. 19 – Soccer Match: Riverside vs. Sabot ‘2,’ 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20 – Picture Day

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

Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Student Council Association Meeting, 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26 – Soccer Match: Riverside vs. Sabot ‘1,’ 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students

Friday, Sept. 27 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.

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, 2019-20
 Congratulations to the following students who were elected to Riverside’s Student Council: Silvio Troy (President), Elijah Cassel (Vice President), Stephen Romano (Secretary), Max Economy (Treasurer) and Jacob Smith (Historian).

In addition, we want to congratulate the following Classroom Representatives: John Vukmer (Mrs. Waldenmaier’s class), Logan Cooper (Mrs. Shoop’s class) and Kate Wayne (Mrs. Hague’s class). Intermediate school classroom representatives will be voted on in the near future.

Parent Conference Schedule
 Please see the attached conference schedule for parent conferences on Thursday, Oct. 3. Students do not have school on that day; however, if needed, Coach Childress is available to watch your child during your conference time up until 2:45 p.m.

Sign Up for Fall Art Club–’It’s All Greek to Me’ (Grades K-3 Only)
 Riverside students, travel back in time to the age of the Ancient
Greeks. Join Riverside’s award-winning Studio Arts teacher, Christy Lantz, in a period of exciting developments in art! Fresco painting, metalwork, architecture and sculpture will be created to enhance
our understanding of Ancient Greek art.

The Art Club is open to Riverside students in grades K-3 and the cost is $125. The club will meet on Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, as well as Nov. 6 and 13 from 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Click here to learn more and register–limited spots available.

Fall Soccer Schedule Set
 Riverside is excited to announce that the fall 2019 soccer schedule has been set. The team will play a full slate of matches and there is great value in being a part of the team for our students, including promoting
an active, healthy lifestyle, as well as emphasizing the value of
teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship, among its other benefits.

Please click here for the fall 2019 soccer schedule

Virginia Outside Fishing Day (Oct. 3) and Mountain Biking Day (Oct. 4)
 Virginia Outside is sponsoring a fishing day for Riverside students
on Oct. 3 and a mountain biking day on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. Pick-up and drop-off will take place at Riverside School. Riverside students are off school on these days.

Please click here to learn more and sign up for fishing day (Oct. 3)

Please click here to learn more and sign up for mountain biking day (Oct. 4)



News from the Library

‘Riverside at the Library’ Event Was A Success!
 Thank you to everyone who participated in a wonderful ‘Riverside at
the Library’ afterschool event on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Bon Air
Public Library. Students browsed the stacks for good books, explored online databases, as well as ebooks and videos, signed up for library cards and visited with the library’s service reading dog, ‘Dee the Pug.’

Please click here for a photo gallery from the event.

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: tcain@riversideschool.org.

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


Magical Music

Sweet Sounds
 We are having lots of fun in music class. The children have been introduced to many different instruments so far this year. We
have played xylophones, metallophones, drums, glockenspiels
and the rainstick.

Additionally, we are learning about prehistoric instruments,
including drums and the flute. Some classes are working on singing ‘You Raise me Up’ and other classes are singing ‘What a Wonderful World.’



Parents’ Association News

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

Save the Date for Ladies’ Shopping Night
(Oct. 2 at Scout & Molly’s)

We have arranged a Ladies’ Night at Scout & Molly’s Boutique
on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. to help you find that perfect
outfit for the Harvest Moon.

Your ticket to the event will be a bottle of wine that will be donated to the Wine Pull at the Harvest Moon. Light refreshments will be served at the event.

 Call for Harvest Moon Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers in several areas. If you are interested,
please reach out to Joyce Mullins (jamullins3@gmail.com) or Brittany Cooper (bncoop@comcast,net).

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: lrohr@riversideschool.org.

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.

Room Parents Are Still Needed
 Ms. Myers’, Mrs. Sculthrope’s and Mrs. Estes’ classes are still in need of a room parent. If interested, please reach out to Brittany Cooper (bncoop@comcast.net).

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!

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 click here, and register today! 



Development Update

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, RIVERSIDE’S ADVISORY COUNCIL held their first of two annual meetings in Ticer Hall. The Advisory Council includes former parents, grandparents, board members and alumni, and the group provides excellent advice and guidance for the school. The Council is a great way for people who care passionately about the school and its mission to stay involved even after their child or relative has moved on.

 I love staying in touch with everyone in the Riverside family. It
is so heartwarming to learn about the great things our alumni are doing, and to hear from alumni parents who still remember Riverside fondly. One of the great ways that current parents can help former parents stay in touch is through our Phonathons, and we could use a few good callers for the next
one on Oct. 1 and 2.

Please sign up for Phonathan here.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

THE STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTION SEASON COMES QUICKLY AT RIVERSIDE SCHOOL, and our new student body president, Silvio Troy, led his first Morning Assembly this morning.

Some might be surprised that a school like Riverside even has a student government, much less that it plays a pretty big role in the Riverside experience. But it does, and our student leaders, perhaps more so than any other school where I have been, seek to include all members of the school community.

It’s true that we are not like most K-8 schools, where the typical student enters at Kindergarten and stays until 8th grade, but it is perhaps exactly because of this that our student culture is such a positive one. Every student at Riverside knows what it is like to be the new student in a class, and they remember how important it is for other students and teachers to welcome you into the community.

So I congratulate all of the new student council officer and class representatives, and I thank them in advance for the important role they play.

— Hal Waller
Head of School



In Their Own Words 

“The school has made me feel really comfortable, and I am having fun.”

— Ginna, student at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

 Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Orange who?

Orange you gonna let me in?


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