MONDAY MEMO
4th and 5th graders like Kingston and Julia have been carving and whittling balsa wood boats during their Birch Buddies weekly outdoor education time. They will be taking those boats to the stream soon.
Greetings!

Let's all keep our fingers crossed that spring really arrives this week and during next week's vacation! Remember that Friday is our Festival of Poetry and Prose, to which parents are invited for any part, and we will have an early dismissal at 12:30.

Happy Monday,
Nelia
NOTES
VCAP STANDARDIZED TESTING
Testing continues this week for 3-8th graders. Please be aware that if students have been absent from school during the testing schedule, even if for good reason, they will have to miss academic class time in order to make up that testing time. That is likely to happen on Thursday and Friday of this week. Please call or email Nelia if you have any questions about testing logistics.
STUDENT COUNCIL FUNDRAISING FOR SOCCER JERSEYS
President Alexa Counter is working hard to fulfill her campaign promise of new, youth-sized jerseys for Riverside's soccer team. Bake sales, movie nights, and raffles have brought her close to the full cost of the jerseys.

Student Council is holding a raffle for a large gardening cart generously donated to us by VT Carts. Raffle tickets cost $10 each. The drawing will take place Thursday, May 9th, or the student council meeting prior to Mother's Day. We will only be selling 200 tickets, so buy some! We will be selling them on the porch at pick up and drop off times.
THE K-5TH GRADE PLAY: HEROES OF ALDORVIA
We are looking for 6 large boxes (freezer or bike size), a feather duster, a kingly crown, fake loaves of bread/baguettes, fake apples, a large pair of fake glasses, a yellow dog costume, and 4 sets of dragon wings. 

Additionally, we are looking for a parent to do face paint for the performance on 4 dragons and a dog.

Please email Lydia if you can help.
8th GRADE PRESENTATIONS
Colter Thibaudeau will present on Thursday morning about photography. All are encouraged to attend!
K-3 SWIMMING
K-3rd graders will be not swimming this Friday because of the half day.
FESTIVAL OF POETRY AND PROSE
This Friday, April 12 will be the last day before vacation, and our annual Festival of Poetry and Prose, with an early dismissal at 12:30. The After School Program will run until 5:00 pm, please let us know in advance if your child will attend and when you anticipate picking up.

PreK-8th grade students will work in mixed age groups in a variety of creative writing challenges. Students will also be invited to shop at the Green Mountain Book Fair, charging purchases with your permission to their school store account. Please print, complete, and return this shopping permission slip . Students who do not have permission to shop will be invited to browse Riverside's library for something to take home and enjoy reading during the vacation week.

8:15-9:30 (approx) - writing activity rotations in mixed age groups
9:30-10:30 - rotations of visiting the Green Mountain Book Fair, break and snack, and cleaning up for vacation
10:30-11:30 - writing activity rotations in mixed age groups
11:30-12:30 - readings, recitations, and lunch in the barn
12:30 - dismissal
SPRING CLEAN UP DAY
Please mark your calendars for the morning of Saturday, April 27. Our annual spring clean up day is an old tradition at Riverside, where families come together to help our historic campus look its best. Bring your favorite tools for either gardening, fixing, or cleaning projects. This is a great time to get to know other families better as we work alongside each other and invest together in the sustainability of Riverside.
PUBLIC FORUM ON DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
We will host our next public forum event on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 pm. The featured speaker will be Pat Shine, Professor of Human Services at NVU - Lyndon, who will explain how students, parents, and community members can talk to each other about diversity and social justice. Her presentation is titled, "What do you say after 'Don't say that!'?" Professor Shine has facilitated workshops and trainings on topics related to social justice throughout New England for more than 25 years.

While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, there are broader definitions of diversity that also include age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. There are also diversity of thoughts and ideas, perspectives, and values. How does one effectively treat everyone fairly while at the same time eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups? 

While students are welcome to attend, the presentation is designed for adults and Professor Shine warns that it may be difficult for young students to engage.
PAINT AND SIP FUNDRAISER
Parent and artist Tiffany Murray (6th grader Aubriella) will be hosting another Paint and Sip event here at Riverside on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Krystal. Plan to bring your own drink of choice; snacks will be provided. We will have the example painting in our next Monday Memo.
RIVERSIDE AT NIGHT
For those winning bidders on Riverside at Night at this year's auction: the date has been set for Friday, May 3. If you purchased multiple tickets, please be sure to communicate with Michelle about which students you are sending so that she can plan accordingly.
SERVICE LEARNING FOR AREA ANIMALS
One of the Destination Imagination teams is working on a collaborative service project to support the Lyndon Dog Pound. Cindy Cady who runs the pound actually needs a lot of help getting rid of unwanted donations, and so the students would like to help her sell them for funds that she could better use to help care for the animals.
  • If you want a free dog/cat crate, or know someone who does, please contact Cindy at 626-PAWS. This would be very helpful to her because she has over 50 crates and is trying to clean them out!
  • If would like a dog bowl, for a donation of $5 to the Dog Pound, please email Mel Finn.
CATAN CLUB
Catan Club is not meeting today.
ROBOTICS CLUB
Robotics Club will meet for the last time this week. Students have not yet finished the project they'd planned, and are storing supplies to continue working next year.
MAGIC THE GATHERING CLUB
Magic Club will meet Tuesday from 3:15-4:45.
KARATE
5-8th grade Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
K-4th grade Thursday, 3:45-4:45
LATIN CLUB
Latin Club will meet on Thursday from 3:45-5:00.

Latin Club will be attending the NH Junior Classical League Forum at St. Paul's in Concord, NH this Sunday, April 14th from 9:30 to 5:00.  The Forum will feature all the signature JCL activities: academic tests, certamen, art and costume contests, a lecture, a hands-on workshop, chariot-racing, gladiatorial combat, spirit skits, and a general assembly If you are able to attend and interested in participating in any of those events, please let Nathan know this week.
VACATION WEEK CLASSES & EVENTS AT CATAMOUNT ARTS
Monday-Saturday: Free family films at 1:30, including the three Shrek films, Aristocats , Mary Poppins (the original) and more! More details here .

Monday, Apr. 15, 10am: Gelli Printing for ages 6-11
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 9:30am: Creative Monoprinting for ages 4-6 with an adult
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 1pm: Linoleum Printmaking for ages 7-12
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 10am: Wet Felting for ages 6-8
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 1pm: Wet Felting for ages 9 and up
Thursday, Apr. 18, 10am: Coffee Painting for ages 6-8
Thursday, Apr. 18, 1pm: Coffee Painting for ages 9 and up

Class details, scholarship info, registration are here .
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