Riverside School eNewsletter, April 26, 2018
Thursday, April 26th, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  APRIL 26, 2018

Third-graders at Riverside in Mrs. Waldenmaier’s
class are learning
about ancient times by engaging
theirsense of discovery, having fun 
searching and
sifting, as well as logging their findings—
our resident archaeologists!
View a photo gallery and learn more

For Your Calendar

-No Soccer Games Today-


Sneed’s Nursery Fundraiser
Ten percent of the sales made at Sneed’s Nursery will come back to Riverside’s Parents’ Association. Families just need to identify themselves as part of the Riverside Sprout Program.

Soccer Practice, Monday, April 30
Pickup is at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

Teacher Appreciation Week, April 30-May 4
Information is listed below under Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities. Volunteers are still needed.

Intermediate School Presentations, Tuesday, May 1
Mrs. Sculthorpe’s class and Mrs. Estes’ class are looking forward to presenting their projects to their families on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. The program should last approximately one hour.

Morning Assembly Speaker and Coffee, Wednesday, May 2
We are very excited to welcome alumna, Paige Healy, as guest speaker at 8 a.m. Paige has had quite an impressive journey from working with National Outdoor Leadership, to attending the Italian Culinary Institute in Italy, and now as the Creative Officer for the HOUSEpitality Family restaurant group, owners of The Boathouse and Casa del Barco restaurants. All parents are invited to attend the presentation and stay afterward to have coffee with Hal Waller.

Run Club, Wednesday, May 2
Pickup is at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

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

Founder’s Day, Friday, May 4, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Founder’s Day is Riverside School’s version of Field Day. The students will rotate through six stations and engage in various games and activities.

Celebration of Service Reception, Friday, May 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
We hope to see you at the celebration for Peggy Healy and Nancy Spencer next Friday! Please note that you may bring your child, but there will be no childcare available, so they will need to remain with you during the event. Please RSVP to Cindy DiCello at: cdicello@riversideschool.org.

Gelati Celesti (Stony Point location) Fundraiser, Thursday, May 10
The Riverside Parents’ Association is holding a fundraiser at Gelati Celesti from 3-8 p.m. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Parents’ Association.

Intermediate School Sky Ball Tournament – Friday, May 11
For those Intermediate School students who have registered, the Sky Ball Tournament will occur on May 11, May 18 and June 1. Pickup is at 3:05 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

Soccer Awards, Monday, May 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join fellow teammates and families as we celebrate the soccer season.

Riverside Day at the Squirrels Game on Sunday, May 20, 1:05 p.m.
Come out to The Diamond and enjoy a fun day at the Flying Squirrels game with Riverside School!  ALL tickets purchased through this link will benefit Riverside ($4 earned on each ticket)Please contact Sarahbeth Spasojevich: (757) 663-8895 (text / cell) or via e-mail.

Looking Ahead – Last Day of School for Students, Thursday, June 7
The Moving-On Ceremony will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for students who are transitioning. This day will be a half day for all students with dismissal at 12 p.m. Parent and Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, June 8.

Please click here for the May/June calendar.

The full Riverside calendar is available.



News and Notes

Summer Tutoring for Math and LF
Registration forms and parent agreements are coming soon. If you are thinking about having your child tutored this summer, please e-mail Suzie Eklund, Language Fundamentals Director, at seklund@riversideschool.org.



Parents Association Volunteer Opportunities

Teacher Appreciation Week Volunteers
We are currently looking for parents to help with Teacher Appreciation Week (April 30-May 4). The Parents’ Association will be providing meals for the teachers as well as coverage for their lunch and recess periods. If you are able to help, please sign up using this linkAdditionally, if you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please e-mail Becky Gelrud. 

Founder’s Day Volunteer
The Parents’ Association is looking for volunteers to help with Founder’s Day on Friday, May 4. Founder’s Day is Riverside School’s version of Field Day. If you are able to help, please sign up using this link.

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



Development Update
Thanks to just over 300 donors, our Annual Fund is going strong! We are at $133,131 as of today. We will continue to push past our goal right up until the end of May.

Letters went out to more than 1,000 households last week with an appeal from our Board Chair, Bill Longan. He made the case that our children will be attractive to employers one day because of the work habits and skills they are learning now and the unique way they look at the world.

“I absolutely believe that Riverside is a resource to our region,” he noted. “We have a proven and established track record of providing our students with the skills needed to become high-performing adults.”

We are also excited to report that parent participation is now at 72 percent! If every family makes a contribution to the Annual Fund—in any amount—Riverside will receive a challenge grant of $1,500. If you haven’t already done so, please consider helping us reach this incredible milestone!



from the desk of
the Head of School

WHEN THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER COMES OUT, I will be in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Intermediate School at Camp Horizons. The camp is just outside of Harrisonburg, Va., and the kids will be participating in lots of fun and team-building activities. Our Intermediate School teachers Sara Sculthorpe and Michele Estes are once again leading the trip, and for our Intermediate School students, it is definitely a highlight of the school year.

Another highlight of my school year was this week’s accreditation application process for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). We don’t get official word until the summer, but at the final meeting with the team who visited our school on Monday and Tuesday, their comments were all positive.

Thank you to all of the hard work that made this happen, including all of the teachers, parents, alumni, Board of Trustees members, students, and other volunteers who were part of this process.

Special thanks go also to Michele Estes, who coordinated the process from start to finish; to former Head of School Gena Farinholt, whose vision brought us to this point; and to Board of Trustees President Bill Longan, who has been steadfast in his support of and belief in the mission of Riverside School.



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

What did the picture say to the wall?

“I’ve got you covered.”




“I like (Riverside) because we get to create things and make things—and go outside and learn. It’s really cool.”

Paddy, third-grader at Riverside School





Riverside School’s mission is to provide remediation of language skills for
students with dyslexia and similar language-based learning differences
in grades K-8, so that they can return to mainstream education
fully prepared to realize their highest potential.


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