Riverside School eNewsletter, Nov. 8, 2018
Thursday, November 8th, 2018

For Your Calendar

Thursday, November 8 – Interims Issued

 Thursday, November 8 – Soccer Game:  Riverside ‘2’ vs. Sabot ‘1,’ 4:30 p.m.

Friday, November 9 – Pizza Hut Pasta Lunch

Friday, November 9 – 2:15 Dismissal

Tuesday, November 13 – Taco Tuesday Lunch, Mi Hacienda

Wednesday, November 14 – Parents’ Association Meeting, 8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, November 14 – Art Class, 3:05-4:30 p.m.



News and Notes

Thank You for Being So Sweet!
 A big thank you to the parents of the students in Mrs. Schulthorpe’s
class for the wonderful treats this morning. Special thanks to Jennifer
Raymond for organizing the Sunshine Treat for us all!

Register for Admissions Open House,
Set for November 15 at Riverside

 Learning to read should be as easy as ABC. For one out of five children, it’s not.

If you or someone you know has a student who is struggling to read and you think may have a language-based learning difference, join us to learn more about our school and programs at our Admissions Open House on November 15 from 9-11 a.m.:

• Ask questions and talk with current students, as well as parents
• Learn more about our programs and the Orton-Gillingham Approach
• Speak with our teaching faculty, instructors, and administrators
• Learn about the application process

Click here to reserve your spot.

Scholastic Book Fair
 Riverside School’s ”Enchanted Forest Book Fair” will appear November 14, and students will visit it to write “wishes” the next day. Please see the attached Scholastic Enchanted Forest Book Fair letter with the planned schedule.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
 Grandparents and Special Friends Day is Tuesday, November 20. Listed below are the times for the guests to attend:

8-9:30 a.m. – Mrs. Shoop, Mrs. Bushhouse, and Mrs. Hague
9:30-10:45 a.m. – Mrs. Sculthorpe and Mrs. Estes
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. – Mrs. Mayer, Miss Myers, and Mrs. Waldenmaier

Riverside School Fall Swag Store is Now Open
 Check out the new selection of Riverside School t-shirts, shorts, outerwear, drinkware, and bags. Store orders will be collected from now until end of day Sunday, November 25. Orders will be fulfilled and sent home prior to winter break. All proceeds benefit the Riverside Parents’ Association.

Click here to start shopping. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Coleman via e-mail.

Welcome to Riverside, Sally Tener
 Please welcome our long-term substitute for Mrs. Mayer’s class, Sally
Tener. She is joining us from Winston-Salem, N.C., where she completed Orton-Gillingham Training with Triad Academy. She has a Master’s Degree in special education and extensive experience working with children.



Riverside Continuing Special Parent Series

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED what causes  dyslexia, what its symptoms are, and what impact it has on your child or
student? Riverside School has answers for you!

On Wednesday, November 28 (6:30-8:30 p.m.), we’re continuing our Subscriber Series. Our ‘Dyslexia Details’ session will cover the brain science behind dyslexia, how dyslexia is diagnosed,
as well as the symptoms and impacts of dyslexia.

Click here to register and learn more.

This is the second two-hour session of official AOGPE curriculum, which kicked off in October. In addition to the course in November, two more sessions will be held on January 16 and 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.



Parents’ Association Update

THE NEXT MEETING is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14.  Juliette Sykes, a former Riverside parent and current Board member, will discuss the possible tax benefits for Riverside parents and recent changes to tax laws, including new K-12 options for 529 plans.

The December meeting on Wednesday, December 12, will be socially centered and allow for parents to chat in a casual environment.

Last Call for Some Great Items from the Harvest Moon Silent Auction
If you are interested in an item, please contact Elizabeth Coleman via e-mail.

19. Newseum – Take a trip to Washington, D.C. and enjoy  two (2) general admission tickets to the Newseum. Value: $50.

36. Kung Fu – Academy of Kung Fu offers a gift certificate for two (2) weeks of children or adult classes and a t-shirt. Value: $120.

37. Enjoy White Teeth – Visit Dr. Brown, Reynolds, Snow and LeNoir for a professional in office Zoom whitening treatment. Value: $600.

43. Learn a New Sport – i9 Sports has been helping kids succeed through sports and your child can, too, with a gift certificate good for one (1) i9 Sports Registration. Value: $178.

52. It’s Sunny Outside – Protect your eyes while looking classy in unisex Ralph Lauren sunglasses. Includes a $50 gift certificate to make them into prescription lenses if you choose. Donated by Custom Optics. Value: $200.



Development Update

IN THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, we are gearing up for Grandparents and Special Friends Day (November 20) as well as Giving Tuesday (November 27) later this month.

 The invitations have gone out for Grandparents and Special Friends Day, and we are starting to get a good number of RSVPs. If you could help remind your grandparents and special friends that RSVPs are requested by the 13th, that will really assist in our planning. Grandparents and special friends are welcome to take students home that day, so if you want to take advantage of that option, please work out your planwith them in advance.

Don’t forget Giving Tuesday is coming up just after Thanksgiving. It will be a great opportunity to join a worldwide day of philanthropy and support Riverside during the season of giving.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development



from the desk of…
the Head of School

LAST NIGHT, I HAD THE PLEASURE of attending our fall alumni get-together. A number of alumni came out for the event at Hardywood, and it was fun to catch up with some familiar faces and to meet some alumni who had never attended Riverside alumni events before.

Inevitably, the discussion turned to the difference Riverside made in our alumni’s lives.

One thing I heard is that Riverside taught our alumni the value of hard work. Dyslexics have to work harder and smarter than some other people, and at Riverside, our alumni learned to embrace that. Grit and determination are what propelled them after Riverside, through college, and into success at the workplace.

Another message I heard loudly and clearly is that our alumni know the value of team building. I was told that a big part of the secret to their success was knowing what they did well and what they didn’t do well, and then recruiting friends, colleagues, and employees who could do what they couldn’t. In today’s world, this skill is essential—problems are too complex for any one person to solve them all themselves. Riverside alumni learn this lesson early and then apply it better than most.

In the weeks and months to come, some of these alumni will visit Riverside and share these and other life lessons as part of our Adult Dyslexic Speakers Series. Please be on the lookout in the weekly newsletter for the schedule, and please feel free to come in to Morning Assembly to participate with your children.


FRIENDS, I also want to extend heartfelt appreciation to longtime Riverside employee Becky Hollingsworth, who will be retiring on January 31, 2019.

Becky has worked at Riverside for 21 years, and her service to students, teachers, and parents has been exemplary. We will be celebrating Becky’s service to Riverside in the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, please join me in extending congratulations and appreciation to Becky—we know she will always be a part of the Riverside family.



Last Friday’s Corny Joke 

Where do you take a pumpkin to get fixed?

A pumpkin patch!




“I like Language Fundamentals because you learn a lot, like vowel pairs.”

Josie, student at Riverside School


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