Riverside School eNewsletter, May 3, 2018
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018



Retired NASA astronaut William McArthur spoke to Riverside’s
Intermediate School students on Thursday.
“The future is whatever you want it to be,”
McArthur told the students.

Learn more and view for a photo gallery.


For Your Calendar

Progress Reports Issued
Once you have reviewed your child’s Progress Report being sent home today, please sign it, and return it to school.

Soccer Game Today, Thursday, May 3
Riverside ‘2’ – 3:30 p.m. (no game for Riverside ‘1’). Matches are held at Sabot at Stony Point, 3400 Stony Point Road, Richmond, Va. 23235

The full schedule is available (subject to change).

Founder’s Day, Tomorrow, May 4, 12-2 p.m.
Founder’s Day is Riverside School’s version of Field Day. The students will rotate through six stations of various games and activities, as well as have time to visit with the Founder, Pat DeOrio.

Celebration of Service Reception, Friday, May 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
We hope to see you at the celebration for Peggy Healy and Nancy Spencer tomorrow! Please note that you may bring your child, but there will be no childcare available. Children will need to remain with you during the event. Please RSVP to Cindy DiCello at: cdicello@riversideschool.org.

Soccer Practice, Monday, May 7
Pickup at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

Decoding Dyslexia Virginia Richmond Monthly Meeting, Monday May 7  at 7 p.m. –
Understanding the Brain, Dyslexia and ADHD

Back by popular demand, Robin Hegner from Pathways to Reading Success will share information about how the brains of children with dyslexia and / or ADHD work. The event will be held on Monday, May 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bon Air Public Library (Rooms A and B), 9103 Rattlesnake Road, North Chesterfield, Va. 23235.

Final Parents’ Association Meeting of the School Year, Wednesday, May 9
In lieu of the traditional meeting format, we will meet at Joe’s Inn (2616 Buford Rd, Bon Air, Va. 23235, 804-320-9700) on Wednesday, May 9 at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and/or breakfast. Please join us to help recap this year, as well as generate new ideas for the 2018-19 school year.

Run Club, Wednesday, May 9
Pickup at 4:15 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

Gelati Celesti (Stony Point location) Fundraiser, Thursday, May 10
The Riverside Parents’ Association is holding a fundraiser at Gelati Celesti from 3-8 p.m. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Parents’ Association.

Intermediate School Sky Ball Tournament – Friday, May 11
The Sky Ball Tournament starts next Friday, May 11 (also Friday, May 18 and Friday, June 1). Pickup is at 3:05 p.m. in the Riverside carline.

 Sneed’s Nursery Fundraiser – Last Day is Sunday, May 13
Ten percent of the sales made at Sneed’s Nursery will come back to Riverside’s Parents’ Association. Families need to identify themselves as part of the Riverside Sprout Program.

Soccer Awards, Monday, May 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join fellow teammates and families as we celebrate the soccer season. Please sign up to help with the treats.

Riverside Day at the Squirrels Game on Sunday, May 20, 1:05 p.m.
Come out to The Diamond and enjoy a fun day at the Flying Squirrels game with Riverside School!  ALL tickets purchased through this link will benefit Riverside ($4 earned on each ticket)Please contact Sarahbeth Spasojevich: (757) 663-8895 (text / cell) or via e-mail.

Looking Ahead
Thursday, June 7
– Last Day of School for Students (12 p.m. dismissal)
Friday, June 8 – Year-End Parent Conferences

Please click here for the May/June calendar.

The full Riverside calendar is available.



News and Notes

Students Need Suncreen and Water Bottles Tomorrow!
It’s going to be a beautiful warm day tomorrow afternoon, and the students will be outside off and on. Please make sure your child comes to school with a filled water bottle and sunscreen applied.

Riverside School Alumna Paige Healy Shares
Empowering Message to Inspire Students

Riverside School alumna Paige Healy spoke to students on Wednesday and emphasized the importance of parental support and talked about the powerful impact Riverside had on her development. “Living your life is rarely a straight line,” she noted.

Watch her terrific message.

ORO Visual Music Program
 We had a wonderful time learning and making music with Mr. Steve Van Dam, and Light the Music’s ORO Visual Music program.

For any students who would like to continue playing with the custom ORO app content that we were using in classes, it can be found here: ORO Riverside Instruments. Simply click the link with your iPad (or iPhone), select ‘Download’ and then select ‘Open in ORO.

Many of the students recorded some fantastic ‘visual music’ videos! These videos can be found at www.everyplay.com, and can be viewed and shared form there.

2018-19 Calendar
Please see the attached calendar for important dates for the 2018-19 school year. 

Thank You!
We cannot thank all our parents enough for all the food we have received this week and for the extra time we had while our students were being watched by parents. The lunches were wonderful! Thank you for helping us feel special and appreciated.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Coleman and Becky Gelrud for organizing the week and for all the many parents who helped out in one way or another: Kim Alley-Trownsell, Jen Loy, Julianne Marcus, Chrystal Telfian, Monica Hopkins, Walker Fonville, Cynthia Vukmer, Christiana Lancaster, Lynne Munson, Ed Six, Susan Ferrell, Robin Telfian, Julie Agnew, Jennifer Economy, Robyn Smith, Allison Harper, Christina Jeffries, Ashley Townsend Simons, Shelly Deener, Mary Raper, Brittany Cooper, Sandra Schenck, Sharon Osborne, Angela Lancaster and Brooke Eanes. (Our apologies in advance if we have left off any names.)

Summer Tutoring for Math and LF
Registration forms and parent agreements are coming soon. If you are thinking about having your child tutored this summer, please e-mail Suzie Eklund, Language Fundamentals Director, at: seklund@riversideschool.org.



Parents Association Volunteer Opportunities

Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered this week to help with lunch and recess coverage. We still have a few slots available for tomorrow for coverage as well as Founder’s Day. If you are able to help, please sign up using this link.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Becky Gelrud.

 Founder’s Day Volunteers
Please sign up to help tomorrow.

Riverside Lunch Volunteers
Please check your calendars and sign up if you are able to help distribute lunches. We appreciate all of your help! There will be no lunches offered in June.

Art Room Volunteers
Please check your calendars and see if you are available to help with the students’ art classes on Wednesdays. If so, please sign up. Thank you.



Development Update

RIVERSIDE LOVES OUR PARENTS! Thanks for all you do from volunteering your time to entrusting us with your precious children. We want to be all we can for them and the Annual Fund has a huge impact on our ability to go above and beyond.

Parent participation in our Annual Fund has reached 75 percent – the highest in any recent years! Our goal is to reach 100 percent by the end of the month.

When we hit that goal, we will have leveraged an additional $1,500 from an anonymous donor. Let’s not miss this opportunity! Any size gift counts toward our goal. We are so grateful for all you do!

Please click here to donate today.



from the desk of
the Head of School

FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, you may be seeing me spend a lot of time with a poster board. Currently it reads 75 percent Parent Participation in the Annual Fund, but I am hoping that sooner rather than later, it will read 100 percent.

Why is this so important, you may ask? Parents already give so much to the school, you may say, and they certainly do. Just as an example, this week’s Teacher Appreciation has been over the top. Each day teachers have been given gifts, and they have been presented with wonderful lunches and given the time to eat it by our parent volunteers, who come in the building to help supervise the students.

Parents here at Riverside are involved and supportive. The attendance at the Intermediate School Presentation Night on Tuesday was phenomenal. We have parents helping with hot lunches for the students, serving on Board Committees, and running our wonderful Harvest Moon Festival Auction.

So why am I asking 100 percent of our parents to make a donation to the Annual Fund? I have two reasons—one immediate and one long-term.

The immediate reason is that if all of our parents donate, then Riverside will receive a $1,500 challenge donation. This means $1,500 worth of classroom enhancing education materials, teacher training, or innovative technology. This means that just a $1 donation by a family has the potential to help our kids by $1,500.

The long-term reason has to do with fundraising next year. Part of my job description is to go out in the community to raise funds for our school in order to keep tuition down and give our kids the best educational experience possible. When I am asked by a philanthropist if our parents value what we offer their kids, with 100 percent Parent Participation in our Annual Fund, that question will answer itself.


Last Friday’s Corny Joke


“Everyone here is so nice—the teachers, students, everyone. It is a great place to come to school. The teachers use visuals that help me learn.”

Joni, eighth-grader at Riverside School




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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