A few of our students worked together to make Helios the Heron fly at our first home soccer game last week. Here you can see 6th grader Adrienne and 7th grader Aubriella leading the effort, with help from 4th graders Gabe and Clint, and 6th grader Annie in the background.

We've had a lot of busy weekends this fall, with parades, community night, the yardsale, and the soccer tournament. Your participation in these events is how we build the strong, supportive community that sustains us. Thank you for making the time and giving the energy.

Happy Monday!
Thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard (I was going to say "tirelessly," but we know for a fact how tired they were) on Saturday and Sunday to make our annual yard sale a success. It's a well known event that many in the region look forward to, one customer stopped to thank us for putting it on in such a fun and well organized way each year.

Thank you also to everyone who donated goods, we had a record-breaking year, earning $6700 for Riverside!

Tuition income alone does not cover the cost of Riverside's program and we fundraise in multiple ways each year. Our operating budget is built on the expectation that Riverside parents will work together to raise $25,000 for our school through events like the Yard Sale, the Auction, and the Race Back to School. Thank you for taking part in whatever way you can.
School picture day will be this Friday, October 11 at 8:15 am. Please return all picture order forms (even if you don't want to order any prints) to Krystal as soon as possible. If you need another copy please email her to send one home with your child.
We are still waiting for these to be returned from a few families, they were originally in the front pocket of your red Family Handbook, and then sent home again last week along with school store bills. If you need another copy, please email Krystal .
Riverside offers two choices to K-8 students on Friday afternoons in January and February: downhill skiing/riding OR cross-country skiing. We expect that families will make one choice for the 2019 season for all children in their family, to make transportation and logistics easier. It's time to send home all of the relevant paperwork for each program to parents, and so we ask that you complete this survey as soon as possible .

If your child has different priorities for these winter afternoons, such as race team training, or leaving Riverside to pursue physical education goals with other programs, please choose and explain that within the survey.

Preschool students will go downhill skiing two times toward the end of the season, information about that will come directly from Miss Heidi in advance.
Thank you the Butler and Griffin/Crytzer families for bringing snacks to Thursday's games! Jamie is still modifying our game schedule to create the best playing opportunities for the greatest number of our students, please check here weekly for updates and changes, which will be highlighted in bold print.

Note the new game for 3-4th game for Thursday (can anyone bring a snack for that game?) and a correction to the game times on Wednesday, October 16:

Please remember that once students go to an activity like soccer after school, they are not allowed to then enter the extended day program in the kitchen. It's simply too hard for those staff to keep track of the numbers of students they have. Please pick up 3-5th grade soccer players at 4:00 pm, or make specific arrangements with Jamie and Sean. Jamie will have substitute coaches at Tuesday's practice due to scheduling conflicts. Please email him if you can lend an extra hand.

Game Schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 10:
  • 3-4th grade vs Burke 5:00 pm
  • 5-6th grade vs Waterford 4:00 pm
  • 7-8th grade @ Barnet 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 15:
  • 3-5th grade @ Concord 4:00 pm
  • 6-8th grade vs Concord 4:15 pm
Wednesday, Oct 16:
  • 3-4th grade vs Stevens, 5:00 pm
  • 7-8th grade vs Stevens, 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct 17:
  • 3-5th grade @ LTS 4:00 pm
  • 6-8th grade @ LTS 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 22:
  • 3-5th grade vs Concord 4:15 pm
  • 6-8th grade @ Concord 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 24:
  • 5-6th grade vs Barnet 3:45 pm
  • 7-8th grade vs Barnet 4:45 pm
Tuesday, Oct 29:
  • 6-8th grade vs Good Shepherd 4:30 pm
The 4-6th graders will not be swimming this week because of the college's fall vacation. We will swim again on October 18 and November 1.
Riverside Mountain Bike Club, for intermediate-advanced riders, will happen on Friday afternoons through the end of the Kingdom Trails season (the first weekend in November). We will meet in the parking lot next to The Hub on top of Darling Hill at 4 pm, and will plan to ride for an hour or so. Parent Ian Balcom and PE/wellness teacher Sean Fortier will lead this club. Other parents or faculty are welcome to join as well. Students must have their own bikes and KTA passes.

Note that we are planning a beginner MTB club for the spring, with the opportunity to rent bikes through the KT bike program.
Extended Day Program Director Sean Fortier is gathering information about student interests and parent volunteers for different kinds of afternoon Clubs. Is there an after-school club you would like to make happen at Riverside? Film Making? Chess? Yoga? Origami? Please contact Sean to discuss goals, students involved, time of year, resources needed, etc. We hope to share a list of club offerings within the next few weeks.

Since posting this last week, we have two club ideas that have come forward where leaders are wondering, how much interest is there, before going forward with planning? Please email Sean if you have interest in one of these clubs :
  • Coding with 8th grader Ethan on Mondays and Wednesdays in October, November and December
  • Pokemon Club with parent Simone Lessac-Chenen (1st grader Ben), Tuesdays or Wednesdays in November
  • First Aid Club (with a certificate of completion) with alumni parent and professional instructor Andrea Kane, weekly in November and December
If you haven't RSVPed yet, please do so today, we want to plan the best event possible in the remaining days.

All friends and families in the Riverside community are invited to attend our Oktoberfest event this Friday, October 11 from 6-9 pm in our barn. This event is for adults, it is not meant for students. Complimentary craft beers, non-alcoholic drinks, and heavy appetizers will be provided by our generous Board of Trustees. We look forward to celebrating the start of our 39th year with you!
The HOS Search Committee is pleased to announce Laurie Singer as our Search Consultant. Laurie has a background in middle school administration, teaches school leadership and supervision at St Michaels college and is a VPA approved Administrative mentor. She has been on campus for a tour and has met with the search committee to start the search process.

Part of the search process is holding forums with faculty, students, parents and the community, with a focus on where we want The Riverside School to be five years from now. Forums for all three groups have been scheduled for October 28: students at 2:00, faculty at 3:30, and parents and community at 5:00. The parent and community forum will provide light refreshments and appropriate childcare.

We hope everyone has a chance to attend a forum. If you have a conflict, you may contact Laurie at The Riverside School website has also added a page for information on the Head Search. It will be updated periodically as the Head of School search progresses.

Thank you for your interest, I look forward to seeing you on Monday October 28 th .
Former 5th grade teacher Joy Sanders is working with youth from Sutton to put on a play as part of a fall festival the Sheffield Town Hall on Saturday, October 12 at 1:00 pm. After the show there will be a soccer game, corn eating contest, cider pressing, and pie auction.
Remember that student tickets are free for the impressive shows that KCP brings to the Northeast Kingdom! Upcoming shows are below,with links to ticket information. Riverside Parent and Exective Director of Catamount Arts Jody Friend (8th grader Eliza) reminds us: "T hese concerts will be featuring the best contemporary musicians in the world and offer our rural youth a rare aspirational opportunity usually only afforded to the those luck few living is urban hot-spots. Experiences like these can light sparks and change lives forever. "
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