For Your Calendar
Friday, Sept. 6 – 2:15 p.m. Dismissal for Students
Friday, Sept. 6 – Soccer Practice, 2:15-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Robotics Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 – New Parent Workshop
(Main Building), 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Back to School Night
(Main Building), 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12 – New Parent Workshop (North and Ticer Hall buildings), 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12 – Back to School Night (North and Ticer Hall buildings), 7 p.m.
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.
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
Fall Soccer Practices
This note is a friendly reminder that fall soccer practices begin tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 6 from 2:15-3:30 p.m. Pick-up is in front of the main building.
Student Council Association
Information will be shared with students at the Morning Assembly next Wednesday, Sept. 11 about the upcoming Student Council campaign and election. Permission forms will be handed out to interested students after the Morning Assembly.
If students are interested in running for an officer or class representative position, their forms must be returned to Mrs. Sculthorpe by Friday, Sept. 13. The campaigning will begin on Monday, Sept. 16. Please e-mail Mrs. Sculthorpe at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your child have any questions.
News from the Library
Summer Reading Logs
We want to celebrate! Has your child turned in their summer reading log? It’s part of the summer packet, but you can send in a simple list of titles read. Please include the student’s name.
Riverside at the Public Library Event
Please makes plans to attend the Riverside at the Public Library event on Sept. 18 at the Bon Air Library from 3:15-4:15 p.m.
With a library card, we can leverage outstanding research resources for students of all ages. Please open a Chesterfield County library account for your student (or family) if you don’t already have a CCPL card. CCPL offers library accounts to Chesterfield and many non-Chesterfield County residents at no cost.
Help us bring the power of databases to Riverside School. Databases are a safe, trusted source of information. If you have any questions, please contact Riverside librarian, Tracey Cain, at: email@example.com.
Parents’ Association News
WELCOME TO THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR. It’s hard to believe that summer is over and the students are wrapping up their second week of the new year!
Please mark your calendars for our first meeting to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:15 a.m. in the library. We will be discussing the various opportunities to get involved throughout the year.
Items to be discussed:
Harvest Moon Social—Save the Date!
The Harvest Moon Social is Friday, Oct. 18. This is a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new families.
Lunch Program—Starting in October
We will need volunteers to coordinate getting orders consolidated and lunches distributed on designated days.
A signup sheet will be available at the Back to School nights.
Welcome and Introductions
I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and my counterpart, Brittany Cooper. We will be heading up the PTA for the 2019-20 school year and look forward to working with you. Our goal is to keep families aware of opportunities to get involved with their child’s education and volunteer events, to help answer any questions that may come up during the school year and to make sure everyone has a great year!
We are both open to feedback and suggestions and will never turn down help. We are looking forward to another great year.
This year signals our second year at the Riverside School; my youngest daughter, Lillie, is a fifth-grader this year. My two older children, Jessica and Jay, are both young adults and away from home. I also have a four-month-old granddaughter named Avery. Our household is extremely pet friendly 😊. In my spare time, I enjoy helping out with the soccer team and getting as involved as I can with school events.
It’s hard to believe we are already beginning our third year at Riverside School. Three years ago, we moved from the northern Virginia area so our twin boys, Logan and Jaxson could begin second grade at Riverside. Their sister, Savannah, joined them last year at Riverside for kindergarten. They also have a brother, Chase, who is in the second grade at Richmond Montessori School.
We still travel back up to northern Virginia a lot and never turn down an adventure to the beach or Lake Anna. Our boys are also very active in flag football and ice hockey to make sure we are always busy.
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT RIVERSIDE SCHOOL WHEN YOU SHOP? Patrons of Amazon, Kroger, and Publix can help bring extra funds to Riverside. Last year, Riverside friends earned $896 for the school by participating in those three programs. Thank you!
For Kroger, shoppers need to create an account online and then renew that account each year, so you may need to update your account event if you have designated Riverside in the past. Then make sure to scan your Plus Card each time you shop. https://www.kroger.com/ account/ enrollCommunityRewardsNow/.
At Publix, you will need to create a publix.com account and then enter your phone number each time you check out. More information is available at: https://corporate.publix. com/community/corporate- campaigns/publix-partners.
Thanks for all the different ways that you support Riverside!
— Leo Rohr
Director of Development
from the desk
of the Head of School
HOPEFULLY, ALL OF YOU RECEIVED A TEXT MESSAGE AND E-MAIL FROM ME this morning—my yearly ‘Riverside alert’ message test. It doesn’t look as if the current weather conditions in the Atlantic will have much effect on Richmond, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
On that note, you may have heard from your students about all of our recent drills. It is Riverside procedure that the first week of school we have at least one drill each day, including daily fire drills, a lock-down drill, an earthquake drill, and a tornado drill. Throughout the school year, we will have a fire drill each month, and at least one more of each of the other types of drills. We work closely with the Chesterfield Fire Marshals and have consulted with law enforcement to make sure that all aspects of our Crisis Intervention Plan are robust.
We take school safety seriously at Riverside, as we do clear lines of communication between the school and our parent community. Thanks so much for being patient with us and our tests and drills—it’s important for who we are as a school.
— Hal Waller
Head of School
In Their Own Words
“Our teachers make Riverside great.”
— James, student at Riverside School
Last Friday’s Corny Joke