Riverside School eNewsletter, March 29, 2018
Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Congratulations to Riverside School Language Fundamentals teachers Chris Del Bueno and Sara
Brickley, who were recently accepted as Associate Members of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham
Practitioners and Educators.

For Your Calendar

Soccer Games, Thursday March 29
Riverside ‘1’ – 3:30 p.m.; Riverside ‘2’ – 4:30 p.m. Matches are held at Sabot at Stony Point, 3400 Stony Point Road, Richmond, Va. 23235

The full schedule is now available (subject to change)

Regular School Day, Friday, March 30 
Tomorrow is a full day of school with the usual Friday dismissal time of 2:15 p.m.

Spring Holiday, Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3
Monday and Tuesday, April 2-3, is Riverside’s Spring Holiday. Classes resume on April 4. Have a wonderful break!

Morning Meeting Guest Speaker and Coffee, Wednesday, April 4
Please join us for the morning meeting to hear guest speaker, Eliza Bullock. Following her visit, please stay for coffee with Hal Waller.

Run Club, Wednesday, April 4
Pick-up is at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

After-School Pottery, Wednesday, April 4
Pick-up is at 4:30 p.m. in the Art Studio.

Change for Children, April 4-19
Students are gearing up to begin our annual Change for Children campaign to help Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Riverside students have participated for the last 12 years and raised almost over $12,000 to help this worthy cause.

Our donations have helped 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. Please consider donating your loose change starting Wednesday, April 4 and ending Thursday, April 19. 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.

Interims Issued, Thursday April 5

Soccer Games, Thursday, April 5
Riverside ‘1’ – 3:30 p.m.; Riverside ‘2’ – 4:30 p.m.

Parents’ Association Meeting, 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.

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

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.

Theme Thursday – ‘Senior Day,’ Thursday, April 19
The theme for April 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 April 20 when the students are of school. Please see the flyer for additional information.

Save the Date for Riverside Day at the Richmond Flying Squirrels Game,
Sunday, May 20 at 1:05 p.m.
This event will give families an opportunity to socialize, enjoy some baseball, -and- raise money for Riverside programming. Plus, Riverside’s Head of School Mr. Waller gets to throw out one of the first pitches if we sell 100 tickets! More information on ticket ordering will be coming soon, but mark your calendars now. Questions can be directed to Sarahbeth Spasojevich: (757) 663-8895 (text / cell) or via e-mail.

The full calendar is now available



News & Notes

Hurry! Time Running Out to Order Items from Riverside’s ‘Swag’ Store
 FINAL CHANCE to show your Riverside School Spirit and shop the online store. Orders will be collected from now until the end of the day on Monday, April 2.

Please share this link with anyone who may be interested and start shopping.

Purchase comfortable and stylish wearables, drinkware, bags and more!

Proceeds from the sale of these items will be used for new carpeting in the library.

Items will be available for pick up at Riverside no later than Tuesday, May 1. More details regarding distribution will follow. Pricing includes shipping. Applicable sales tax will be applied upon checkout.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Coleman via e-mail or at: (301) 466-9039.

Thank you for supporting Riverside School’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 and return it to school. Debra Mitchell will be matching families on a rolling basis.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

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 via e-mail.



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 calendar 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.


Development Update

While Phon-a-Thon pledges continue to come in for the Annual Fund, we have other exciting news to announce!

Riverside was just notified of a $25,000 grant that we applied for from the Nunnally Charitable Trust that will help support our Language Fundamentals program. Grants will continue to be a critically important source of funding for the year in addition to the Annual Fund.

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



from the desk of
the Head of School

 PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING Riverside School Language Fundamentals teachers Sara Brickley and Chris Del Bueno for being accepted as Associate Members of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

This achievement represents hundreds of hours of coursework and teaching, and it demonstrates commitment of these teachers to honing the craft the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

The Academy recognizes three different levels of certification for providing 1:1 Orton-Gillingham instruction. Here are our Riverside teachers with their highest level of certification achieved:

Associate Level:
Sara Brickley
Stephanie Cross
Chris Del Bueno
Suzie Eklund
Michele Estes
Kay Haas
Heather Mayer
Cynthia Miller
Debra Mitchell
Ellen Morton
Eileen Pilc
Heather Robbins
Debbie Waldenmaier
Jenn Walker

Certified Level:
Marti Alexander
Cynthia Davis, Fellow-in-Training
Ann-Marie Lundmark
Charice Myers

Fellow Level:
Nancy Spencer



“I like the way they teach and that we get to spend alone time with LF (Language Fundamentals) teachers.”

Anna, fifth-grader at Riverside School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

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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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