MONDAY MEMO
Egyptian expert Josie taught Riley and Trixie about the role of scribes in the ancient culture, using hieroglypics, during Egypt Fair on Friday
Greetings!

Here is this week's Memo.

The 18-19 calendar link should be working in today's Memo, and please also note the linked permission slip we need parents to sign and return for a book fair during Writing Fest on Friday.

Happy Monday,
Nelia
NOTES
SPIRIT WEEK
This is Riverside Spirit Week! Students are encouraged to dress according to the schedule and attend Thursday night's Cabaret.
  • Monday: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday: Twin Day
  • Wednesday: Wacky Day
  • Thursday: Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day
  • Friday: Riverside Day (wear your Riverside apparel or our green and blue school colors) and Writing Fest
DAY CAMP AT RIVERSIDE
We will be offering three weeks of day camps again this year, during the month of June, for 7-14 year-olds. The cost is $175/week and the registration deadline is May 18. Detailed information about the schedule, programs and instructors, as well as the registration form, are available at our Day Camp at Riverside website .
June 11-15: International Cooking and Dance
June 18-22: Ukulele and Mask Making
June 25-29: Painting and Fiber Arts
DADS ON SPRING FIELD TRIP
Thank you to everyone who signed up at the Fall Fresh Start to drive and supervise students overnight on our trip to Portsmouth, May 9-11. We would really appreciate the help of 3 more dads to complete our hotel room assignments and join in our adventures to Portsmouth Lighthouse, Fort Constitution, Strawberry Banke, the Seacoast Science Center, and the USS Albacore. If you could join us, please let Nelia know.
2018-2019 RIVERSIDE CALENDAR
Click on the blue button to see and/or download next year's school calendar. All parents should have received an email from Michelle explaining the significant changes the faculty have discussed and decided on for next year, including starting date, vacation days, conference days, and the graduation date. Please direct any questions you have to Michelle.
KINDERGARTEN BOTTLE DRIVE
The Carriage House Kids are still collecting bottles and cans through this week; they are raising money to purchase fertilized eggs for a unit of study about Chicks! We will also purchase food and shavings. Please save up your returnables and leave them on the ramp behind the Carriage House any time. 
ELEMENTARY SWIMMING
K-3rd graders will not be swimming this week because of Writing Fest and Early Dismissal on Friday.
FILM MAKING CLUB PROJECTS
Check out the final cuts from our Film Making Club! Thanks to Matt Sullivan and Anne Campbell from Catamount Arts for helping make this happen, as well as last year's winning team from the Film Slam, made up of five Riversiders, who donated part of their winnings to bring film making opportunities to our school! When prompted for a password on these links, use "student."
  • from Cracked Films (aka: Lyric, Colin, Simon)
  • The Croissant Crusador (sic) from the Croissant Crew (aka: Eliza, Riley, Ezra, Karson)
  • from the Lightups (aka: Amelie, Donovan, Henry, Gus, Yofta; link not yet available, will be posted soon)
WRITING FEST & EARLY DISMISSAL
This Friday, April 13, will be our annual K-8 Writing Festival, in conjunction with National Poetry Month. Students will be engaged in writing activities, led by 8th graders, in mixed age groups throughout the morning. Around 11:00 am we will begin a "coffee house" reading of student work in the barn, parents are encouraged to attend. We will have an early dismissal for all grades at 12:30 pm . Please let us know specifically if you will need your child(ren) to be in the After School Program on Friday, and approximately what time you'll be picking them up .

Please note that we have also planned a Green Mountain Books Fair for Friday, hosted by Kim Crady-Smith from our local bookstore in Lyndonville. All parents are asked to please print and return this permission slip , letting us know if your child is allowed to purchase books and a spending limit. Those students who do not participate will be given time in the library and encouraged to check out some books to enjoy during vacation.
RACE BACK TO SCHOOL
Some parents have begun planning a new, summer, annual fundraiser for Riverside (and other independent schools) in collaboration with Kingdom Trails Association. It will be called "Race Back to School!" If you'd like to join the planning committee (chaired by Mel Finn and Lilias Ide), please come to an organizational meeting in the library on Friday, May 4, at 8:00 am.
MAKE A PLATE FUNDRAISER
Suzanne will be starting the Make-A-Plate Fundraiser artwork with Pre-K today and continuing with other grades through the week. The Pre-K theme will be “Family.” Parent Polly Yerkes (1st grader Lila and 6th grader Gus), who is coordinating the fundraiser, will be contacting each grade separately and parents should feel free to contact her with questions or if they would like to see their child’s artwork before purchase. The artwork will be made into a durable 10” melamine, dishwasher safe plates. These make terrific gifts or keepsakes of your child’s artwork for years! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Polly: 802-373-7052, pollyyerkes@mac.com.
SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
NVRH and The Family Place are hosting a screening of this new documentary at St. Johnsbury School on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm and at Catamount Arts on Sunday, April 29 at 3:30 pm.

Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time. Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens.
APRIL AND SUMMER VACATION OPPORTUNITIES
Stay tuned to this section of the Monday Memo throughout the spring, where we will list camps and programs that we have been asked to share with parents.
CATAMOUNT ARTS STUDENT FILM SLAM
Catamount Arts   and The School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) invite all area middle school, high school, and college students to TAP INTO FILM, 48 Hour Film Slam, April 27-29. No matter their experience level, participants can compete for up to  $750 in cash prizes.

The weekend's main event is a team competition where groups of 3-5 young filmmakers write, direct, edit, and premiere a short film in just two days. A winner will be selected from each category, by industry professionals, for a cash prize. All scripting, shooting and editing must take place within the 48 hours, so teams must have spontaneity, time management skills, and lots of ingenuity! Although the event is competitive, the environment is welcoming, supportive, and most importantly, fun!

New This Year: They are excited to be hosting this year's event at the Burke Mountain Hotel, where teams can stay overnight, learn from experts, and create their films together! Teams planning on staying at the Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights are asked to pay a $10 Registration fee per participant; there will not be an additional fee for the hotel. Please don't hesitate to request a fee waiver by emailing info@socapa.org. Register here before April 14.
MOUNTAIN BIKING CLUB
Parent Westerly Miller has been coordinating with Kingdom Cycling and Experiences to provide an after school experience on the trails for K-8th graders. The club will be Fridays, April 27-June 8 (later than our last day of school), students need to be dropped off at the KCE center at the Wildflower Inn on Darling Hill at 4:00 pm. For the first two weeks, before the trails open, they’ll be learning about bicycle mechanics and maintenance, until 5:00 pm. The following weeks they’ll ride the trails in specific ability groups with experienced leaders to help them improve their skills, until 5:30 pm.

Interested families should sign up before April 23 by emailing  westerlymiller@gmail.com (please include child's full name, date of birth, approximate skill level, and parent contact information) and planning to make a payment on the first Friday of $40-50 (TBD) to KCE. Riders need their own bikes, helmets, and season passes, or to purchase an additional day pass each week. We would also welcome parent volunteers to be with the group each week to assist in organizing the kids; if you can help please let Westerly know.
SCIENCE CLUB
There will be Science Club today from 3:45-5:00.
CRAZY 8s
Crazy 8s Math Club will meet Tuesday from 4:15-5:00.
KARATE
There will be Karate on Wednesday and Thursday for this week, from 3:45-5:00.
LATIN CLUB
Latin Club will meet on Thursday this week, from 3:45-4:45. Latin Club will meet this Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45. On Saturday, we will be going to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, for a day of certamen and Roman life at the NH Junior Classical League Forum! Students who plan to attend should let Nathan know, and he will communicate directly with those parents by email.
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