Riverside School eNewsletter, Sept. 27, 2018
Thursday, September 27th, 2018

For Your Calendar

B oxtop Collection Day – Friday, September 28

2:15 p.m. Dismissal – Friday, September 28

Drama Club – Tuesday, October 2, 3:05-4:15 p.m.

Soccer Practice – Wednesday, October 3, 3:15-4:30 p.m.



News and Notes

Student Council 2018-2019
 Congratulations to the following Homeroom Reps! Hague – Mariana Ornelas; Sculthorpe – Joe Seibert; Estes – Max Economy.

Virginia Outside – Fishing Trip, October 4
 Virginia Outside is sponsoring an all day fishing time on parent conference day. The event will be from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with pick up and drop off at Riverside School. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

October Calendar
Fall is here and activities are in full-swing for October. Please be certain to look at and download the attached calendar.

Parent Conferences
 Please see the attached conference schedule for parent conferences on Thursday, October 4. The students do not have school on that day; however, if needed, the coach is available to watch your child during your conference time.

Fall Fest at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is This Saturday, September 29
A day of fun, food, fellowship, and music is being held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, adjacent to Riverside (2040 McRae Road), this Saturday, September 29 from 4-7 p.m. in historic Bon Air. The event is open to the entire community. 



Parents’ Association Volunteer Opportunities

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events
 The next Parents’ Association Meeting is Wednesday, October 10. The special guest speaker will be Suzie Eklund, Riverside’s Director of Language Fundamentals, who will present an in-depth understanding of the Language Fundamentals lesson.

On 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.

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 (https://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.

We are still collecting donations for the auction. If you have a business or know of a business that would like to be listed in our Directory of Corporate Supporters in the auction booklet, please complete the attached form.

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

Don’t Toss Box Tops
Please save your Box Tops! The first Box Top collection date is tomorrow! Attached, please find the collection sheet. Or, you may also send them in a labeled bag.

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

LAST NIGHT, RIVERSIDE SCHOOL wrapped up a very successful Fall Phonathon. We called nearly all of the donors from last year and had some great interactions with Riverside supporters.

 It was especially rewarding for the callers to hear about the successes that Riverside alumni are achieving in their studies and careers! We are still crunching the numbers, and should have an updated Annual Fund total for you in a few weeks.

Thanks so much to current parents Jason Cooper, Thomas Lancaster, Jennifer Loy, Julianne Marcus, Maria Van Ness; Board Members Kim Bausum-Brown, Dick Fowlkes, Aimie Jones, Michael Jones, Sarah Scott Thomas, Tony Troy; Advisory Council member Jane Nott; and alumna Eliza Bullock for being volunteer callers!



from the desk of…
the Head of School

Riverside School has a powerful “Culture of Reading,” which is something that might not be expected in a school for students with dyslexia.

I was reminded of this earlier this week at our monthly Riverside Birthday Book Club presentation. Birthday Book Club has been part of Riverside for at least a decade, and the program allows families to donate books or books-on-CD to our library.

Often, these books have a special meaning to the students who donate them, and the students will share this at a special monthly presentation in our Morning Assembly. Mrs. Bachmann, our librarian and music teacher, does a wonderful job of supporting the children with their public speaking.

Most Riverside students truly love books in all forms—paper, electronic, and audio. They check out books weekly from our library, they borrow books from their teachers’ classrooms, and they bring books from home and their neighborhood libraries. Our hope is that this Culture of Reading will stay with them long after they move on from Riverside and grow to be adults.


Quote of the Week 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

— Aesop



Last Friday’s Corny Joke





“I like Riverside because the teachers are so nice and we get to work on fun projects.”

Tyler, student at Riverside School


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