Riverside School eNewsletter, April 12, 2018
Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Riverside and its amazing librarian / music teacher Chris Bachmann had the pleasure of welcoming
guest musician Steve Van Dam from Light the Music this week. Steve developed a free app called
ORO Visual Music that allowed students to play and create music and enjoy an immediate music
experience with a few taps on their iPads that are for use in the Riverside library.
Click here to play a portion of the lesson.


For Your Calendar

Soccer Practice, Monday, April 16
Pickup is at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

Lower School Presentations, Tuesday, April 17
The lower school (Mayer, Myers, Waldenmaier, Furey, Hague) is looking forward to presenting their projects to their families on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The program should last approximately one hour.

Morning Assembly and Guest Speaker, Wednesday, April 18
Join us Wednesday morning as we welcome guest speaker and adult dyslexic, Tom Dorsey. Tom is a financial adviser and co-founder of Dorsey, Wright & Associates. Please stay after the morning assembly for coffee with Hal Waller.

 Run Club, Wednesday, April 18
Pickup is at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

After-School Pottery, Wednesday, April 18
Pickup is at 5 p.m. in the Art Studio.

Theme Thursday — ‘Senior Day,’ Thursday, April 19
The theme for this month is ‘Senior’ Day. Students will be encouraged to dress up like a ‘senior / elderly’ person. All donations will go to the Change for Children fundraiser.

Soccer Games, Thursday, April 19
Riverside ‘2’ – 3:30 p.m.; Riverside ‘1’ – 4:30 p.m.

The full schedule is now available (subject to change)

Moms’ Night Out Thursday, April 19
All Riverside Moms are invited for dinner and great conversation at the Daily Kitchen & Bar at Short Pump. This is a laid back way for moms to get to know other moms or catch up with old friends.

Please let us know if you are coming via RSVP here so we can reserve a table. Looking forward to a fun evening.

No School — Teachers Workday, Friday, April 20

Virginia Outside Fishing Day, Friday, April 20
Virginia Outside is sponsoring a day of fishing on Friday, April 20 when the students are off school. Please see the flyer for additional information.

May Lunch Order Forms Due, Monday, April 23
Forms are in your child’s backpack and attached to this newsletter. If your child is interested in ordering lunches for May, all orders are due by Monday, April 23.

Intermediate School Sky Ball Tournament – Papers Due Tuesday, April 24
Coming soon — Sky Ball Tournament for all intermediate school students. The tournament will actually take place on Friday afternoons May 11, 18, and June 1 from 2:15-3:05 p.m. See the form being sent home today or download it yourself.

After-School Pottery Art Show, Wednesday, May 2
The Art Show will take place in the art / pottery room starting at 4 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Teachers, parents, relatives and friends are invited to attend. Pickup for pottery students is at 4:30 p.m.

Save the Date for Riverside Day at the Richmond Flying Squirrels Game,
Sunday, May 20, 1:05 p.m.
This event will give families a chance to socialize, enjoy some baseball, and raise money for the Riverside Parents’ Association. Plus, Riverside’s Head of School Mr. Waller gets to throw out one of the first pitches if we sell 100 tickets! Attached, please find a flyer with more information.

Questions can be directed to Sarahbeth Spasojevich: (757) 663-8895 (text / cell) or via e-mail.

The full Riverside calendar is now available.



News & Notes

ORO Visual Music
This week, we welcomed Steve Van Dam and his ORO Visual Music app program into Mrs. Bachmann’s music classes. Many of the students asked about downloading this free music making app onto their iPhones/iPads at home, so here is the link for the ORO Visual Music app on the App Store. Steve is happy to answer any questions or offer additional resources beyond the four classes this month. He can be reached at: steve@lightthemusic.com.

Parents’ Association March Meeting
Thank you to Suzie Eklund, Director of Language Fundamentals, for her informative and in-depth presentation on the Language Fundamentals lesson. The next Parents’ Association Meeting is Wednesday, May 9 at 8:15 a.m. in the Art Room.

Power Hour
A new session of Power Hour will start up on Monday April 23 and continue through Wednesday, May 16. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please complete the form in your child’s backpack (or attached to this email) and return it to school.

Power Hour is for students in Furey’s, Hague’s, Sculthorpe’s and Estes’ classes.

Change for Children Campaign Now Through April 19
Our annual Change for Children campaign to help Children’s Hospital of Richmond has begun. Please consider donating your loose change and help fund research, buy toys and games for children who live at the Brook Road campus, and help with the building of the Children’s Pavilion.

There will be prizes for the class that brings in the most silver coins, the most paper money (including checks), and the heaviest jars.

Please contact Mrs. Sculthorpe via e-mail if you have any questions.

Sneed’s Nursery Fundraiser
Make a purchase at Sneed’s Nursery between April 14-May 13 and they will donate 10 percent of sales to Riverside’s Parents’ Association. Families need to identify themselves as part of the Riverside Sprout Program.

Gelati Celesti (Stony Point location) Fundraiser
On Thursday, May 10, from 3-8 p.m., Gelati Celesti will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to Riverside’s Parents’ Association.

Ambassador Families Needed
The 2017-18 school year is rapidly coming to a close. Plans for the 2018-19 school year are already in the works.

We want to continue the Ambassador Family Program at Riverside School. This program partners returning families with new families to make them feel welcome in the Riverside Community. Ambassador families will answer questions and offer advice on everything from school drop-off to extracurricular activities.

If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador Family, please complete this form and return it to school. Debra Mitchell, Riverside’s Associate Head of School and Director of Admission, Transition, and Testing, will be matching families on a rolling basis.

Thank you in advance for your participation.



Parents Association Volunteer Opportunities

Teacher Appreciation Week Volunteers
We are currently looking for parents to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week. Please e-mail Becky Gelrud if you would like to volunteer. 

Founder’s Day Volunteer
The Parents’ Association is looking for a parent volunteer to head up Founder’s Day, which is Riverside’s version of a Field Day. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 4. Please e-mail Elizabeth Coleman if you are interested.

Riverside Lunch Volunteers
Please check your calendars and sign up if you are able to help distribute lunches. We appreciate all of your help!

Attached, please find the May Lunch Order Form  (due Monday, April 23). There will be no lunches offered in June.

Art Room Volunteers
Please check your calendars and see if you are available to help with the students’ art classes on Wednesdays. If so, sign up if you are available to help. Thank you.



Development Update

WE EXTEND A HEARTFELT THANK YOU to the TowneBank Richmond Foundation and its Senior Vice President, Ty Crone (pictured far right), who presented a $5,000 check to Riverside to benefit our Language Fundamentals (LF) program and interacted with some of our students.

LF plays a major part in establishing the building blocks of learning for Riverside students, as well as facilitating their progress academically and in many other ways. These contributions play a vital role in facilitating the school’s and LF department’s progress and enhance our students’ experience at Riverside.

“This is a very fun part of my job,” Mr. Crone says. “We’re proud to be associated with a school like Riverside and we look at this as more than a one-time opportunity.”

Grants continue to be an important source of funding for the year and we thank the TowneBank Richmond Foundation—and everyone who plays a role in making Riverside the best that our school can be today and in the future.

Additional details and a photo gallery from Mr. Crone’s visit are available here.



from the desk of
the Head of School

 TODAY, I WILL BE TRAVELING with three of our faculty and staff members to Charlotte, N.C., to attend the annual conference of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham (O-G) Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). There we will be meeting with other O-G educators from around the world to share strategies for serving students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Orton-Gillingham has been the gold standard approach for helping dyslexic children for over 70 years, and the O-G Academy was established by its Founding Fellows to certify and accredit educators and schools to the highest standards.

Although many schools and tutoring centers will employ teachers who use the O-G Approach, Riverside is one of just 14 fully-accredited schools in the world. The Academy sets a very high bar for a school to qualify as an accredited school, and we have been meeting and exceeding this standard for decades.

 In addition, Riverside is one of just 17 Academy Accredited Training Centers in the nation. In addition to training our own teachers, we train educators through our summer Riverside Course and additional outreach. Teachers come from all over the United States to be trained by Riverside in the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

In conclusion, I would like to highlight one of our own master teachers, Cynthia Davis. Cynthia, who is also our resident Fellow-in-Training, will not only be attending this weekend’s conference, but she has been invited to be one of the presenters. Her seminar is entitled “The Role of Syntax in Teaching Reading Comprehension: Bridging the Gap,” and I was treated to a sneak preview when she presented it to our own LF teachers at a session earlier this week. Cynthia is a shining example of how amazing Riverside teachers are and the difference they make in our students’ lives day in and day out.




“I like LF (Language Fundamentals). I like my teachers a lot and am learning about vowel pairs.”

Cornelia, fourth-grader at Riverside School



 Last Friday’s Corny Joke

Where did the Easter bunny go when he got married?  

On his bunny-moon!








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