4th and 5th graders Sylvan, Gabi, Sam, Lyric, and Brooklyn skated together at the Fenton Chester arena last week.

Here is this week's Monday Memo. Please be sure that ski forms are turned in to Nelia ASAP as she has a deadline this week with Burke Mountain. Read on about the new Robotics Club, upcoming dance, Penny Wars for charity, this year's Auction, and more!

Happy Monday,
Extensive paperwork for our ski programs (x-country at Kingdom Trails and downhill ski and ride at Burke Mountain) went home with students last week. If we sent home the wrong set of forms or yours get lost, you can download and print them from the links below; please return all forms as soon as possible.

Chaperones - Nelia (downhill) and Mr G (x-country) will be communicating with you soon about schedule and logistical details. Please look out for emails from them.
K-8th graders will go ice skating this Friday. Please remember to pick up at the Fenton Chester arena at 3:15.
Due to a rescheduling of a faculty meeting, we have to cancel Chess Club again this week. Nathan looks forward to starting on Tuesday, December 18, 3:45-4:45.

Chess club is open to all K-8th graders, not matter their experience or skill level. There will be learning and games at all levels. Parents are encouraged to attend to both teach and learn. We would welcome snack donations for the group, students should probably pack an extra snack in case they're hungry.
There is a Robotics Club starting after the holiday break for 6-8 graders. It will be Mondays from 3:45-5:00. The club will be student led (and overseen by Maryellen Griffin with support from Nelia) and is open to anyone who can come to all of the meetings, so no robotics experience is necessary. The students will decide and delegate roles, come up with a project as a group, and make a plan for how they will accomplish this. If you have any questions please email Henry Griffin .
Penny wars will be starting Thursday this week, organized by Student Council. Class boxes will be set up in the microwave room. Students will try to collect as many pennies in their box as possible, and sabotage others boxes with other money, e.g. nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills. On Thursday next week, the boxes will be collected. The class with the most money in pennies and the least in other units of money will win. The winning class will receive a pizza and ice-cream party, and the class with the most pennies will choose which charity receives the money.
Please let Krystal know directly if you would like your child's school photo to be retaken this Thursday, December 6 . If so, original prints must be returned uncut.
15 tickets remaining for this Thursday night!, get them before they're gone! Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Krystal. Bring your own drink of choice and plenty of food will be provided. Proceeds will benefit Riverside's extensive field trip programs, which enhance our curricula through active learning and from which our supportive community is strengthened.
PreK-8th graders will show off their efforts from music and art classes on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm at the Auditorium at Lyndon Institute. PreK-4th graders should arrive by 5:30, and 6-8th graders by 5:00 pm.
Student council would like to hold a dance for 6-8th graders on Friday, December 14th. We are looking for chaperones to assist us. The dance will start at 7:00pm and end at 9:00pm. Dinner is not provided. If you are in Student Council and wish to stay after school to set up, or if you are an adult and available to chaperone, please contact Peter.
Parents Kim Rowell (7th grader Josie) and Sara Lussier (6th grader Ethan) have begun the work of organizing this year's auction event already. Thank you to parent Kate Renner (1st grader Raya) for designing our poster and logo for the 18th annual auction!
         This is the biggest parent-organized fundraiser at Riverside each year. It is essential to closing the gap between tuition income and program expenses. Our annual theme of “Oh, The Places They’ll Go!” highlights the many opportunities our students have to explore, learn and create thanks to the success of events like this.
        Please take the time to read this letter from Kim to all parents about how to take part by contributing donations , attending the event, and volunteering your time. The letter is also sent home in hard copy today with all students.
Crazy 8s will meet this Tuesday from 4:15-5:00 for Pixel-palooza: it's hip to be square! We'll create large pixelly pictures of mini-figures out of Post-it Notes, then dream up and plan out other creations to see if we can build them.
5-8: Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
K-4: Thursday, 4:00-5:00
Mel-Lilias-Rick's Team: this Wednesday 3:15-4:15
Courtney-Alison's Team: this Thursday 4:00-5:00
Our music teacher Lydia Ham, a number of Riverside alumni and parents, and students Maaike Dam and Liam Markey will be performing this weekend with the NEK Community Orchestra at NVU Lyndon. Come see them this Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 pm in the Alexander Twilight Theater.
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, the official start to the charitable giving season. Whether it's giving some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in the community, it's a simple idea. Find a way to give back and then share your idea to bring your family, your community, or your company together. Please consider a gift to the Riverside School's Annual Fund. Thank you.
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