The Preschool class took to the stage at last week's concert. Lydia's leadership and their bravery and musical skills were all impressive!

Here is the last Monday Memo of 2018! We are looking forward to a jam-packed week of important learning and celebrations of the year so far. We would love to have you join us for any portion of Mythology Day that you can.

Happy Monday,
This Friday, December 21 is our annual Mythology Day celebration. It is a half day and we will be skating. Early Dismissal will be from the Fenton Chester Arena between 1:15-1:30.

This celebration of mythological characters - both Abenaki and classical Greek and Roman - will consume the whole morning for K-8th graders. 3-8th grade students will be in costume and speak about their individual characters in assembly from 8:00-9:00. K-7th graders will participate in a variety of mixed-age activities led by the 8th graders and faculty.

 At the end of the day, all K-8th graders will participate in the "Urn of Fate," a classically themed gift -exchange. Each student should bring in a simple, wrapped gift, with a value not greater than $5. We have been reviewing our intentions about gifts and will continue to do so, for this year we will allow the giving candy, but not for it to be consumed at school. Gifts can be brought to Nelia's office any time before Friday morning Assembly.

At home 3-8th grade students should be preparing a costume, practicing a brief speech, and K-8th graders should be wrapping a gift ($5 or less) to share with another Riversider.
In addition to the scheduled Alumni Day on January 10, we'd like to encourage high school alumni to visit us on Thursday, December 20 . We love to have them join our class activities and conversations, welcome them for lunch, and will facilitate a conversation between them and the 8th grade about what it means to be an alumnus/alumna of Riverside. 8th graders will not need a lunch on Thursday, as we will host a pizza lunch for them with the alumni.
K-8th graders will go ice skating this Friday after Mythology Day events. We welcome families to join us on the ice from 12:15-1:15. We will dismiss from the arena between 1:15-1:30.
Finally beginning this week: Tuesday, December 18, 3:45-4:45. Chess club is open to all K-8th graders, no 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. Any questions should be directed to Nathan, who leads the club.
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 .
Thank you to everyone who participated in Penny Wars, it was a raucous gathering during break and lunch in the microwave room as students planned their winning strategies. Totals will be counted this week and the winning class will choose their charity.
There are only two work-weeks left to talk with the auction chairs about your donation.

We need to clarify all donated items by January 11, in order to put the catalogue together for bidders to browse in advance , and make sure the accounting systems are ready to run smoothly the night of the event. Some ideas:
  • a gift certificate for your amateur or professional services (hours of gardening help, 6 family dinners, a telemark ski lesson, legal services, etc)
  • a hand crafted item (quilt, basket, knitted set, baked goods, wooden furniture)
  • an event (bowling party for 8 kids, moonlit snowshoe and hot tottie adventure for 6 women, equipment and guide for a family canoe trip)
  • corporate points (frequent flyer miles, hotel points)
  • real estate (vacation homes, hotel stays)
Who do you know? We have amazing contacts within our community! Who do you know that owns property, or a great business, or has skills that would appeal to an auction bidder? Please consider asking a friend or family member to make a donation as well.
This Tuesday will be the last Crazy 8s meeting: a Pirate Treasure Hunt! We will map out the coordinates to create a a secret picture, then use our "cannon" to reach the enemy pirates and try to get the treasure before they do!
5-8: Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
K-4: Thursday, 3:45-4:45
Mel-Lilias-Rick's Team: this Wednesday 3:15-4:15
Courtney-Alison's Team: this Thursday 4:00-5:00
No matter the size of your gift, it's the act of donating that matters most. Please consider making a gift today if you haven't already. We strive to have 100% of our parents, faculty, and trustees participate in giving to Riverside, as that makes a powerful statement about the strength of our community. We thank you.
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