Riverside School eNewsletter, Dec. 6, 2018
Thursday, December 6th, 2018

For Your Calendar

Thursday, December 6 – Progress Reports Issued

Friday, December 7 – Chick-fil-A Lunch

Friday, December 7 – 2:15 Dismissal

Tuesday, December 11 – Mi Hacienda Lunch

Wednesday, December 12 – January Lunch Order Forms Due

Wednesday, December 12 – Student Council Meeting, 7:40 a.m.

Wednesday, December 12 – Parents’ Association Meeting, 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 12 – Art Club, 3:05-4:30 p.m.

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

Friday, December 14 – Pizza Hut Lunch

Friday, December 14 – 2:15 Dismissal



News and Notes

Progress Reports
 Reports are being sent home today with your child. Please review,
sign, and return it tomorrow in the Thursday folder.

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 of playing 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.

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.



Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities

Next Meeting
 Please join us for coffee / breakfast at River City Diner located at
11430 West Huguenot Road for our next meeting on Wednesday,
December 12, at 8:15 a.m. This meeting will be socially centered and allow for parents to chat in a casual environment. If you are able to attend,
please RSVP here so that we can plan accordingly
. We look forward to seeing you!

December Lunch Orders
New dates have been added to SignUpGenius for December and January to help distribute lunches. Please check your calendars to see if you are able to help. Attached, please find the January 2019 Lunch Order Form. Due to the Holiday Break, all forms are due by Wednesday, December 12.

Cookie Exchange Reminder
 We are going to spread a little holiday cheer to our Riverside Teachers and Staff on Friday, 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 

RIVERSIDE SCHOOL IS FORTUNATE to have parents who are so dedicated, supportive, and engaged, that they keep giving back to the school…even after their child has moved on!

 One such parent is Karen Kay Chappell (pictured right), whose daughter Ann left Riverside in 2016. Karen Kay serves on Riverside’s Board of Trustees and is Co-Chair of the Development Committee. In addition to everything she does for those two bodies, she and her husband, Robert, were also nice enough to write our second Annual Fund appeal letter. Those who have not yet donated to the Annual Fund should be seeing this letter in their mailbox soon.

As a sneak preview, here is one highlight from the letter that explains why Karen Kay continues to support the school.

“Riverside not only taught Ann to read and write, it taught her to advocate for herself and gave her the confidence to succeed,” Karen Kay notes. “After struggling in kindergarten, Riverside gave Ann a chance to return to, and flourish in, a mainstream school.”

Thank you for supporting Riverside as well, and I hope your holiday season is off to a warm and wonderful start.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

“GOOD MORNING, MR. WALLER! Do you know why Thursday is my favorite day of the week? Because it is Book Day!”

This was a conversation I had just this morning with one of our students as he got out of his dad’s car and greeted me on the sidewalk in front of school. By “Book Day” he meant that today his class is going to the library, where they would be returning books and then finding and checking out new books.

I’ve written before in this space about what I call Riverside’s “book culture.” Our librarian, Christine Bachmann, and all of our teachers—both classroom and LF—get the credit for creating and promoting this culture, and new students are quickly enveloped in it.

Books, including both printed books and electronic/audio books, are revered here at Riverside. Books lay the entire world at the reader’s feet, and they partner with a child’s natural curiosity to open pathways to the future.

Reading doesn’t come easily for anyone with dyslexia, but because our students find success here at Riverside, reading is truly celebrated!



Last Friday’s Corny Joke 

Why is 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7 eight / ate 9!



“I like reading books, writing about them, and writing about the characters.”

Sage, student at Riverside School


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