Riverside School eNewsletter, Oct. 11, 2018
Thursday, October 11th, 2018

For Your Calendar

Please note: Because of the developing weather conditions, Riverside School will be dismissing at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, and all after-school activities are cancelled. We will use the normal carline that picks up at Ticer Hall.

Pizza Hut Lunch – Friday, October 12

2:15 p.m. Dismissal – Friday, October 12

Soccer Game: Riverside ‘1’ vs. Montessori – Friday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.
Game schedule and roster

Drama Club – Tuesday, October 16, 3:05 p.m.

Riverside Subscriber Session: ‘All About the Academy and What is O-G?’ – Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.
Find more information here and register

Camp Horizons Trip – Intermediate School ,
Wednesday-Friday, October 17-19

November Lunch Orders Due – Friday, October 19



News and Notes

Medication at School

 ‘Tis the season … for colds, allergies, and headaches. If your child is sick, obviously keep them home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without pain reliever. If your child needs pain reliever during the day (for a headache…), please fill out the attached medication authorization sheet and provide us with medicine for your child.

Art Studio Supplies Request
The art studio requests brown paper and handled grocery bags. Also, over the next month we will be collecting plastic bottles of any size that are dimpled on the bottom. Thank you for your support!

Virginia Outside Mountain Bike Program
On Friday, October 26, Virginia Outside will be sponsoring an afternoon of mountain biking. Please see the attachment for more information and to sign up.

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 that you think may have a language-based learning difference, join us to learn more about our school and programs at 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.

Photo Shoot at Riverside –
New Date is Tuesday, October 23     
 Rocket Pop, Riverside’s media, marketing, and public relations partner, will be here on Tuesday, October 23,
taking photos of the students and the school to update our brochures and other marketing items.

Please note: This photo shoot was originally scheduled for October 11, but was postponed until October 23 due to weather.

We are asking boys and girls to please make sure to wear solid colored shirts / tops.


Riverside Offering Special Parent Sessions

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO’VE SAID YOU’D LIKE more insight into the Orton-Gillingham Approach, but you’re not ready to commit to our 45-hour Associate Summer Course, Riverside School has just the thing for you!

 On Wednesday, October 17, we’re kicking off our Subscriber Series!

In October, November, January, and February, we’ll offer four different two-hour sessions of official AOGPE curriculum. Together, the eight hours of sessions cover the entire Subscriber level curriculum. Attendance at all four sessions will qualify you to hold Subscriber Membership with the Academy

The Subscriber Sessions will be 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.

Find more information here and register today!


Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities

THANK YOU TO SUZIE EKLUND, Director of Language Fundamentals, for an excellent presentation at our Parents’ Association Meeting yesterday. Meeting Minutes will be available in next week’s announcements.

 Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14. Juliette Sykes, former Riverside Parent and 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.

Save the Date: Harvest Moon Social is October 19
The Harvest Moon Social is Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m. in the Riverside School Courtyard. Please RSVP via Paperless Post. Please make checks payable to Riverside School and include Harvest Moon in the memo.

This year’s auction items include accommodations for seven nights in Belize for up to six people in a three-bedroom villa on the beach at El Pescador on Ambergris Caye (www.elpescador.com). There is a two-night stay at The Hunt Box at Lowelands Farms with wine tasting at Barrel Oak Winery, and special art projects created by our children and Mrs. Lantz.

Please note: In an effort to keep costs low, the Parents’ Association is looking for parents to help set-up and clean-up, and / or donate / loan decorations. We have created a sign up for the slots that are available.

Please e-mail Brittany Cooper at: bncoop@comcast.net if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

November Lunch Orders
 Attached, please find the November Lunch Order Form. Please complete and return with your check no later than Friday, October 19. New this month, Taco Tuesday! Thank you to the Ornelas’ family restaurant Mi Hacienda for making this possible.

Have a Parents’ Association-related question, inquiry or suggestion?

Please contact:

Elizabeth – (301) 466-9039 or twocolemans@gmail.com
Kim – (804) 437-3957 or kim@kimalleymodels.com



 Development Update 

HARVEST MOON IS CERTAINLY A TOP EVENT on the Riverside social calendar, but it is also an important fundraiser for the school. Each year, the school and the Parents’ Association agree on a specific project for which to raise funds at the auction. Last year, we focused on refurbishments for the Ruth Harris Library and the administrative suite.

 This year, the project is a sprucing-up of the gazebo and deck area. If you have been to the school recently, you probably noticed that this heavily trafficked thoroughfare needs some TLC. You can help make that happen!

From what I’ve heard through the grapevine and seen in the rising mountain of donations in Mr. Waller’s office, we are going to have some great auction items up for grabs. Thanks so much to the item donors and the volunteer organizers working really hard to make Harvest Moon a success!

I look forward to seeing you on October 19 for a fantastic evening.

— Leo Rohr
Director of Development


from the desk of…
the Head of School

YESTERDAY, AT THE PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING, Suzie Eklund, Director of Language Fundamentals, gave a wonderful presentation on what happens during LF class. I am continually amazed at the amount of planning and expertise that go into each of our students’ lessons.

LF teachers follow the Orton-Gillingham Approach, but within that approach they are continually diagnostic and prescriptive, which is one of the reasons that they are so effective.

Things are gearing up here at Riverside for the upcoming Harvest Moon Social—one of the clearest signs to me is the amount of items that are being stored in my office. I hope that all parents will be able to join us for the event on Friday, October 19.

— Hal Waller
Head of School



Last Friday’s Corny Joke

Where do dolphins come from?

Fin Land!



“I like LF (Language Fundamentals) and that I am making new friends.”

Cali, student at Riverside School


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