7th graders Teagan Desorchers, Donovan Randall, and Ethan Spence represented Riverside in the Northeastern Vermont regional Math Counts competition at NVU on Saturday.

Here is this week's Monday Memo. Check out all the notes below about upcoming special events: 8th grade presentations in assembly, dance performances, a trip to see Kingdom All Stars perform, the school Spelling Bee, Winter Carnival, and upcoming vacation dates. Thanks for giving the weekly memo a careful read, it's the first step to maintaining our supportive community.

Happy Monday,
One of the culminating experiences for our 8th graders is their 20-minute presentation of an issue that matters to them in morning assembly. It's the culmination of research, critical thinking, and careful preparation in public speaking. We encourage parents to attend if your schedules allow, especially 8th grade parents who want to support and show interest in their children's peers. This week:
  • Tuesday morning Jasmine Engle will present about Child Labor.
  • Thursday morning Ezra McCarty will present about Climate Change.
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 or someone you know would be willing to make a donation in exchange for food bowls or animal crates , please email Mel Finn .
K-8th grade students will enjoy two performances this Wednesday. Dancers from LI's program will be coming to perform and then engage students in movement activities in the barn in the morning. At 12:30 we will be taking a bus to Fuller Hall to see Kingdom All Stars perform. This is a local rock band made up of area students, including seventh grader Donovan Randall on guitar and eighth grader Colter Thibaudeau as all-around technician. We are grateful to Burklyn Arts for funding assistance for tickets to this performance.
This has been exciting winter for weather, for sure, and we may have more delays or full snow days coming. Should that happen again, we recommend that parents check in with students and their planners about classwork that need extra attention. Extra snow-day time could be well spent on missing assignments, long term projects, or classes that need extra effort. Teachers are often available by email at
Inspired by parent suggestions that we continue to offer opportunities for parents to discuss issues of teaching, learning, and parenting, and in particular questions about developmentally appropriate strategies, Michelle has planned the following coffee house event for Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 pm, open to Riverside families: Ages & Stages: a conversation with parents and professionals about what to do when.

Special guests will include Dr. Amanda Van Straten (neurologist and parent of kindergartner Jacob), Scott Fournier (psychologist/therapist - emotional and social development of preadolescence and adolescence), and Sheryl Cole, psychologist/therapist for family health and the importance of structure and boundaries).

There will be time to discuss topics like personal technology, building confidence and trust, generational changes in parenting, rules and chores at home, executive functioning, or sports trauma in small group conversation, as well as brief presentations from each guest. We look forward to seeing lots of Riverside parents there!
The cast has begun rehearsing our middle school play: Footloose! Note that lines are supposed to be memorized by Thursday, March 7 . All 6-8th graders have also chosen their production elective (Sets & Props with Nathan, Publicity with Nelia, Costumes with Jenna Heinrich and Tricia Bunnell) where great work is already underway.

The students in the props elective have asked: Our performances of Footloose will be here before we know it and we need help collecting props if you have any of the following and would be willing to donate or lend them to us we would greatly appreciate it: 1) a bible, 2:) a metal whistle. We may update this list moving forward, please keep an eye on the Monday Memo!
Peter is organizing our annual spelling bee in conjunction with the Scripps National Bee for Wednesday, February 20 in Assembly. Interested students should sign up with him in advance; parents are welcome to attend.
Are you interested in supporting Riverside's marketing and development efforts? The Advancement Committee of the Board, led by Mel Reis, is getting a reboot and we are looking for volunteers who have an interest in promoting the school and fundraising. If this appeals to you or you would like to learn more, please reach out to Mel Reis, Chair of the Advancement Committee at (802) 745-8136 or email email Mel hope to hold our first meeting in February. Thank you for your consideration.
We plan to be on the mountain this Friday afternoon, and then not again until after vacation on Friday, March 8. Please remember to pick up there at 3:30.

Snacks : Thank you to the Mirkin/Renner family, who will be bringing them this week.

Elementary Chaperones: Thank you for all of your hard work already, helping to drive and supervise our youngest skiers! Please note these reminders:
  • It would help the teachers if you stay outside near your cars until the students are dismissed at 12:15.
  • Remember to find Michelle, Krystal, or the list on the bulletin board that explains your two assignments for the afternoon: students you're driving and students you're skiing with.
  • Maintain ratios you're genuinely comfortable with as groups are rearranged during the afternoon; all K-3rd graders need to be with an adult at all times.
We plan to be on the trails this Friday afternoon, and then not again until after vacation on Friday, March 8. Please remember to pick up at 3:00 at the parking lot between the Wildflower Inn and the KT Nordic Center on Darling Hill.
Japanese Club meets again today from 3:45-4:30.
Robotics Club will end at 4:30 today. Please make appropriate plans for pick up or supervision today.
There is no Chess Club this week.
5-8: Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
K-4: Thursday, 3:45-4:45
Latin Club will meet Thursday from 3:45-4:45.
Mel-Lilias-Rick's Team: this Wednesday 3:15-4:15 (See note above about project efforts.)

Courtney-Alison's Team: Thursday 4:00-5:00
Kingdom County Presents is really excited to have the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra coming to the LI Auditorium on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm, with more than 80 musicians! This is certain to be an unforgettable show; it’s the first local concert with a full orchestra since 1979! Thanks to Passumpsic Bank, student tickets are free , and adults can use the code “iloveclassical” for a buy-one-get-one half-off deal for their tickets. Call 748-2600 x3 or visit .
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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