Riverside School eNewsletter, Dec. 13, 2018
Thursday, December 13th, 2018

We extend our gratitude to the Riverside community for your patience, understanding, and compassion as the school and its families dealt with
early-week closings due to snow, icy roads, and inclement weather. We wish you continued safe travels and are thankful to be able to resume normal activities on Thursday, December 13.


For Your Calendar

Friday, December 14 – Parents’ Association Faculty Cookie Exchange for Staff

Wednesday, December 19 – Tacky Holiday Sweater Day

Wednesday, December 19 – Day of Giving

Wednesday, December 19 – 12 p.m. Dismissal

Thursday, December 20, 2018-Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – Winter Holiday Break (no school)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – Classes Resume



News and Notes

Time is Running Out—Register for the Riverside Basketball Club
 The clock is ticking. Time is running out. This is your moment … to sign up for the Riverside School basketball club (grades K-3 and 4-8).

Sign-ups are still being accepted to give Riverside kids the joy ofp laying hoops
with other participants. Not only will players have fun on the hardwood, but stay active, lead healthier lives, and develop habits that will last a lifetime such as the ideals of
teamwork, the reward of hard work, the value of sportsmanship, and much more!

Dates / times for grades K-3: January 4, 11, 25, and February 1 (2:15-3:15 p.m. at Riverside School). Click here to learn more and
sign up.

Dates / times for grades 4-8: February 8 and 22, March 1 and 8 (2:15-3:15 p.m. at Riverside School). Click here to learn more and
sign up.

Tacky Sweater Day … for a Good Cause
 Student Council is encouraging students and faculty to wear their tackiest holiday (any holiday will do!) sweater or t-shirt next Wednesday on our Annual Day of Giving.

If students choose to participate, Student Council would like to encourage them to bring in a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Central Virginia Food
Bank. In the past, we have seen some awesome and creative homemade sweaters. Please feel free to use your imagination!

Progress Reports
If you have not returned your child’s Progress Report, please review, sign, and return it tomorrow.

Riverside Introduces Chess Club for Students in Grades 4-8—
Sign Up Today! (No Experience Necessary)

A new offering starting in 2019, Riverside will be introducing a Chess Club for students in grades 4-8 only and sign-up is now available. The sessions will feature lessons in planning, strategy, logic, collaboration, and attention to detail—with a lot of fun mixed in along the way.

Please note: No previous experience or exposure to chess is necessary—just a willingness to learn and a desire to enjoy picking up a new skill. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Riverside School Receives Grant from Woodfin Heating Inc. and ExxonMobil Corp.
 Riverside extends a heartfelt thank you to Woodfin Heating Inc. and ExxonMobil Corp.’s Educational Alliance Grant Program for their $500 gift to support our math and science lessons and programs, as well as to facilitate students’ progress in these subject areas and enhance school resources—and ensuring a better tomorrow for our students.

(Pictured right: Catherine Green, brand manager at Pit Stop and Woodfin Heating Inc., and Riverside Head of School Hal Waller join in acknowledging and celebrating this grant.)

Riverside displays a commitment to teaching the valuable lessons that math and science offer. With this in mind, all companies associated with the grant gift agree it is important for teachers to be equipped with helpful resources and for students to engage in the exploration and intricacies of these subjects—and to apply them to real-world endeavors.

Click here to learn more.


Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities

Cookie Exchange Reminder
 We are going to spread a little holiday cheer to our Riverside Teachers and Staff tomorrow, December 14 when we give them cookies. The Parents’ Association asks each family to bring in at least two dozen cookies at morning drop-off.

All of the cookies will be displayed and teachers will be provided with a container so that they may select two dozen cookies to take home and
enjoy or share with their family. Any type of cookies, homemade or store bought, are welcome.

Please send in a disposable container that can be rerouted or thrown away after the cookies have been dispensed. Please label and indicate type of cookie, and if they contain nuts. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Loy via e-mail at: jengloy@gmail.com.

 Box Top Collection
The next deadline is Tuesday, December 18. Please cut out your box tops and send them in with your child to his / her homeroom teacher.



Save the Date: Riverside Continuing Special Parents Series on January 16

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED about the intricacies of the O-G Approach as it relates to teaching reading to individuals with dyslexia?

 On Wednesday, January 16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.), we’re continuing our Subscriber Series. Our ‘What’s in an O-G Lesson’ session will cover how O-G practitioners use the approach to teach reading. It will be a very hands-on session, and participants will experience strategies and procedures our Language Fundamentals one-on-one Teachers use to teach reading.

Click here to register and learn more

This is the third two-hour session of official AOGPE curriculum, which kicked off in October 2018. In addition to the course in January, one more session will be held on February 20. Together, the eight hours of sessions (October, November, January, and February) cover the entire Subscriber level curriculum. Attendance at all four sessions qualifies attendees to hold Subscriber Membership with the Academy (www.ortonacademy.org).

The Subscriber Sessions are led by Cynthia Davis, a Fellow with the Academy. The sessions are being offered and advertised to area professionals; however they are FREE for Riverside parents and grandparents.



Development Update

 AS 2018 DRAWS TO A CLOSE, I wanted to take the opportunity to update
you on our fundraising goals for this school year. The Development
Committee set four official goals for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

1. Reach 100% faculty/staff participation. We achieved this goal on September 7, 2018!
2. Reach 100% current parent participation. We are currently at 20% participation, which is ahead of last year’s pace.
3. Reach a total of 25 individual alumni donors. We currently have six alumni donors. Last year, we did not have any at this point of the year.
4. Reach a total of $185,000 in Annual Fund giving. To date, we have raised $83,862, putting us 45% of the way toward our goal.

If your gift is already a part of those totals, thank you very much! Thanks also if you are planning a year-end gift. For tax purposes, a 2018 gift must be made online or postmarked by December 31, 2018.

Finally, the holiday season helps me to reflect on what a joy it has been to join the Riverside family. Thank you all for such a warm welcome this year. I hope you have a wonderful and festive holiday break and I look forward to seeing you in 2019.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

I WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS WEEK’S COLUMN to wish everyone a happy holiday season! We have had a great beginning to this, our 45th year of Riverside School, with the largest enrollment in the school’s history.

We are so grateful to have so many wonderful students and families in the Riverside Community, and I am especially grateful for our amazing faculty. I couldn’t be more proud to serve our students and families alongside such a talented and highly-trained group of professionals.

Take care, and I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable Winter Break!




“Honesty is the best policy.”

— Benjamin Franklin
a Founding Father of the United States



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

How was Santa’s little helper able to stop eating Christmas cookies?

He usedelf-control!”



In Their Own Words

“I like the teaching better here than at my previous school and it is easier to make friends here.”

James, student at Riverside School


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