Riverside School eNewsletter, January 25, 2018
Monday, January 29th, 2018

We’re State Capitol Bound (January 30)
An important step in understanding dyslexia is education. A number Riverside School administrators, students and parents will be at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 30 to provide insights, supply information and share stories during Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA) Advocacy Day.


Assembly Announcement (January 31)
This Wednesday, January 31, figures to be a busy morning at Riverside. We will begin at 8 a.m.  with the morning assembly and a guest speaker, Neil Millhiser. Neil is a former student and now a Board Member. Following morning assembly, there will be a Head of School’s Coffee for the parents of Mrs. Sculthorpe’s and Mrs. Estes’ classes. Please plan to join us and hear about Neil’s life after Riverside, and then join Hal for coffee.

Hoops Practice (February 2)

Basketball practice will continue on Friday, February 2 from 2:15-3:05 p.m. We will play a limited schedule this year with an eye toward increasing the number of games in years to come. Many thanks to Coach Billy Jones and a dedicated group of other volunteers and coaches–Rick Telfian and Brad Telfian, as well as Diana Lane and Ancelf Hamlin.

Admissions Open House (February 15)

Admissions Open House will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 9-11:00 a.m.  Please share this information with friends and family who might be interested in learning more about Riverside. Additional information may be found on our website (www.riversideschool.org) or by calling the school and speaking with Debra Mitchell, Associate Head of School and Director of Admission, Transition, and Testing. by clicking here >>.

Financial Aid Requests

Now is the time to initiate requests for the 2018-19 school year. To apply, log into your TADS account and complete the financial aid application. Awards for returning students will be considered starting in March. Be sure to apply early because funds are limited. If you have additional questions, please contact Eileen Harvey in Riverside’s Business Office by clicking here >>.


Tuesday, January 30
DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day 2018, State Capitol (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 31
Head of School’s Coffee (8 a.m.)



A Heartfelt Thank You
You did it!! We hit just more than 50 percent participation in the Annual Fund this past week and we will be receiving a $1,000 challenge grant to support our wonderful school.

Due to the success of the campaign so far, our anonymous donor has stepped up again with another CHALLENGE! If we can hit 100 percent participation by the end of the school year, Riverside will receive $1,500!

Remember, any amount helps get us to this goal!! We so appreciate all you do to make Riverside a special place. Donations can be made on our website: https://www.riversideschool.org/donate-now/ or with a check made out to Riverside School.

Thank you for all you do!


From the desk of…
the Head of School

 In honor of the birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, this morning at Morning Meeting, I played guitar and sang to our students the song “Auld Lang Syne.” Although I knew the song from singing it as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, I had never paid attention to the lyrics until recently.

The phrase “Auld Lang Syne” translates into “long ago,” and the song rhetorically asks in the first verse if we should forget the people we have known and the events of the past? The answer is clearly ‘no.’ The past is important and worthy of remembrance, as are the people who have been important in our lives.

One of the strengths of Riverside School is our rich history and our dedication to our original mission. Riverside has been using the Orton-Gillingham Approach to help students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences for over 40 years—almost to the date of the school’s founding. Very few schools can boast of such a consistent mission and vision for its students and families, and the longevity of our success is truly remarkable.

So at Riverside, while we are always working for the future of our students and families, we also follow Robert Burns’s lead and “take a cup o’ kindness yet / For auld lang syne.”

News from the Parents Association

Let’s talk
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8:15 a.m.

Riverside Lunches
We need your help to distribute lunches on some Mondays and every Friday. We appreciate all of your help! Please check your calendars to see if you are available this semester and sign up here >>.

Art Room Assistance
The art room needs your help on Wednesdays! Please click here to sign up >>.

Corny Joke


“I feel welcome and that I am going to learn a lot each day.”


Luke, fifth grade student at Riverside School




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