For Your Calendar
Friday, Sept. 27 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students
Friday, Sept. 27 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Lunch Order Forms Due
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Art Club (‘It’s All Greek to Me,’
grades K-3 only), 3:05-4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Scout & Molly’s Ladies’ Night,
Thursday, Oct. 3 – Parent Teacher Conference Day
(no school for students)
Thursday, Oct. 3 – Soccer Match: Riverside vs. Montessori, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4 – Teachers’ Professional Development Day (no school for students)
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
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)–Spots are Filling Quickly
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 are available.
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 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and a mountain biking day on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off will take place at Riverside School. Riverside students are off school on these days.
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.
Please contact librarian, Tracey Cain, for more information or to register via e-mail: email@example.com.
Parents’ Association News
Lunches in October
Hot lunches will begin next month. If you are interested in ordering
any for your child, please click here to download the order form and send it in by next Tuesday, Oct. 1. Late orders will NOT be accepted–
this includes payment and order form.
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. Light refreshments will be served.
Bring a bottle of wine to be donated to the Harvest Moon and be entered into a special raffle.
Please click here to learn more about this special event.
Harvest Moon Update
It is the busiest time of year for the Parents’ Association as we count down the days until Friday, Oct. 18. We will be accepting donations for the silent and live auction until Thursday, Oct. 3.
Class auction gifts were so popular last year we are doing them again this year. In order to donate an item to your child’s classroom gift, 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:
Call for Harvest Moon Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers in several areas. If you are
interested, please reach out to Joyce Mullins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brittany Cooper (email@example.com).
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
PARENTS, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR CHILD’S LF LESSON?
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 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 sessions will give you in-depth detail about the
O-G approach, the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and how it relates to Riverside, what dyslexia really is and looks like in the brain, and how LF Teachers use the O-G approach to teach reading, spelling and handwriting.
Please come—we’d love to have you join us!
RIVERSIDE’S FALL PHONATHON IS JUST DAYS AWAY, and we still really need a few more callers for each night, but especially for Tuesday, Oct. 1. Here is what you get out of the deal if you volunteer to be a caller.
– Free dinner from Panera.
– Free phonathon training. We’ll equip you with background information and a script so you don’t have to just wing it.
– A ticket to Riverside’s Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the spring.
– A chance to mingle with other parents, volunteers and Board members.
– The good feeling of knowing that you are helping to raise funds to make Riverside an even better school for our amazing students.
— Leo Rohr
Director of Development
from the desk of…
the Head of School
AT TODAY’S MORNING ASSEMBLY, I SHARED WITH OUR STUDENT BODY the new wording of Riverside School’s Mission Statement:
‘Riverside School transforms the lives of students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences while supporting a community of highly trained teachers and staff who specialize in educating these students to their highest potential.’
This update was the result of a year-long project of the Marketing Committee of Riverside’s Board of Trustees. They used input from parents, alumni, and teachers to update our mission statement into language that captures in very few words our extremely important mission.
Please know that the work of the Marketing Committee has in no way altered the mission of Riverside School, which has remained essentially the same as it was when the school was founded by Pat DeOrio 46 years ago. Few schools can make this claim, but there are also few schools whose mission is as vitally important to their students and their families.
Finally, I would like to say how much I appreciate that our updated mission statement points out the vital role our teachers play in what the school is accomplishing. Teacher training and professional development is at the core of what Riverside does, and because our training reaches outside of our walls to tutors and teachers in other schools, the true Riverside community of educators is large indeed.
— Hal Waller
Head of School
In Their Own Words
“I like that our teachers are really nice”
— Luke, student at Riverside School