Riverside School eNews, Sept. 3, 2020
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

For Your Calendar

Friday, Sept. 4 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Monday, Sept. 7 – Labor Day Holiday (no school)

Friday, Sept. 11 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Back-to-School Night—Main Building Students (via Zoom link),
7-8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Back-to-School Night—Ticer and North Building Students
(via Zoom link), 7-8 p.m.

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

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



News and Notes

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

Riverside Celebrates First Day of School With Fun Events—
and Emphasis on Safety
 It was a fun first day of school at Riverside, featuring learning in a safe setting, special treats courtesy of our Head of School, and a ‘virtual’ surprise that included an online magic act, among other engaging activities—complete with plenty of
face coverings and sanitizers along the way.

Click here for a photo gallery | Click here for a video message from Head of School Hal Waller

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

 Riverside families and loved ones, please be advised that the Back-to-School nights on Sept. 16 (main building students) and Sept. 17 (Ticer and North Building students), as well as the New Parent Workshop (Sept. 23) will be conducted via virtual technology / 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 Riverside. 

Login information will be sent in advance, and each of the three events will take place from 7-8 p.m.

Updated Riverside Policy Regarding Homemade Foods
 Food sent in to school, such as for a child’s birthday, may not be homemade. It
also must be individually-wrapped by the group that prepared the food. Examples include things like Twinkies, individually-wrapped Panera cookies, and bags of chips.


Parents’ Association News

 Gift Bags
The Parents’ Association would like to welcome all of our families to a new school year with a small goodie bag. The bags contain a Riverside cup, magnet, and some candy, and they will be sent home with
students tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 4).


Development Update

 WELCOME TO THE 2020-21 RIVERSIDE SCHOOL YEAR! Welcome to our 31 new families! Welcome back to our returning families!

As you can tell from all the exclamation points, I’m excited about the new school year. It is great to have students back at Riverside. I am looking forward to getting to know our new families and reconnecting with returning ones, even if we won’t have as many chances to do so in person this year.

In this space throughout the year, you can expect news about events, information about fundraising (which is critical to Riverside’s
success), and a lot of ‘thank-yous’ to the many people who help make
Riverside the special place that it is.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

it is to have students back on the Riverside campus! Campus life definitely looks different this year than it has in the past, especially with mask-wearing and social-distancing, but all of the excitement about learning is present and will be increasing exponentially for our new students in the days and weeks ahead as they find more and more success in their studies.

I want to thank our families for being so dutiful about following all of our COVID mitigation health plan procedures for the year. It is clear that you have explained to your children how important these rules are and how important it is that they carefully follow their teachers’ directions. Thank you for this.

 And I especially want to thank our teachers. Their careful preparation for the beginning of the school year is always prodigious, but the degree of planning that they have undertaken for this year is truly amazing!

I am convinced that good communication within our school community will be the key to our success this year. Thank you for carefully reading this eNews letter to the very end, and please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally at any time on my cell phone—(804) 248-9245.

— Hal Waller
Head of School


In Their Own Words

“I like doing artwork because it allows me to express myself.”

Ann Carter, student at Riverside School


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