Riverside School eNewsletter, April 5, 2018
Friday, April 6th, 2018

Former Riverside student Eliza Bullock spoke at Morning Assembly on Wednesday and
shared a great message of perseverance. Despite battling dyslexia, she went on to work as
an actress and is now an executive at Capitol One. Click here to learn more about her visit .

For Your Calendar

Soccer Practice, Monday, April 9
Pickup is at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

Parents’ Association Meeting, Wednesday April 11
The next Parents’ Association Meeting is Wednesday, April 11 at 8:15 a.m. in the Art Room. Suzie Eklund, Director of Language Fundamentals, will be the guest speaker.

 –No– After-School Pottery, Wednesday, April 11

Bake Sale, Thursday, April 12
Mrs. Sculthorpe’s class will be making yummy treats that the students may purchase!

Soccer Games, Thursday, April 12
Riverside ‘2’ – 3:30 p.m.; Riverside ‘1’ – 4:30 p.m.

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 April 17 at 7 p.m.  The program should last approximately one hour.

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.

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.

Power Hour, May 23-June 16
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 fill out 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.

Save the Date for Riverside Day at the Richmond Flying Squirrels Game,
Sunday, May 20 at 1:05 p.m.
More information on ticket ordering will be coming out soon, but mark your calendars now. 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

Thank You!
Many thanks to the parents of students in Miss Myers’ class for the treats we received this morning. The snacks definitely brought ‘sunshine’ to our day!

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.

Riverside School Store
The Riverside Parents’ Association would like to thank all of the families who purchased from the Riverside School Store. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to Darren Golden (father of Mason Golden) of PROforma (www.proforma.com/standout) for making the Riverside Store possible. Please look for additional information regarding the distribution of items.

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 just 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 the form below 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 Elizabeth Coleman or e-mail Becky Gelrud by 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!

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

The Annual Fund is going strong!

Just two months remain before this year’s campaign concludes. A final mailing will go out by early next week to folks we haven’t heard from yet. All the money raised will help make Riverside the best it can be and go beyond the margin of excellence.

Again, thanks for all you do to make Riverside the best that it can be!



from the desk of
the Head of School

 I’M MISSING THE SOCCER GAME this afternoon for a family commitment, and I’m not particularly happy about it.

It’s not that the teams aren’t in extremely capable hands. Coach Jones, who is also our P.E. teacher, is a wonderful coach, and he knows all of our kids extremely well. He sets a great example of good sportsmanship, and he always encourages our athletes to do their best.

We also have two excellent volunteer parent coaches — Brad Telfian and his brother, Rick Telfian. They both have a lot of experience with the sport, and they are committed to our students and to the school.

When I do attend games, I honestly don’t do much more than cheer the students on. Occasionally I am asked by a player to hold a pair of goalie gloves or a hat, but typically my role is just to watch, to congratulate Coach at the end of the game, and to thank the referees.

I like to attend the games because I believe that it sends the message to our students that athletics are important. Between Soccer and Run Club, almost 50 percent of our students this year have participated in after-school athletics on campus, and many more students participate in other sports / activities through other organizations.

Playing on a sports team reinforces for our students what their classroom and LF teachers teach them every day — it’s worthwhile to take on challenges, and it’s important to always do your best. Our students have great successes here at Riverside, but it only happens through lots of hard work and with great perseverance. This is true when playing in a soccer game, when running a race, or, for the dyslexic student, when learning to read and write well.

So if you notice my absence at the soccer game today, please excuse me, and please cheer on our students a little bit louder than you would normally. They definitely deserve it.



Last Friday’s Corny Joke


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