Zoë and Jeremiah engaged in an assembly presentation by visiting nursing students last week about the biology of the brain.

Here is this week's Memo. Please note additional updates to the soccer schedule!

Happy Monday,
This week's schedule:
  • Monday soccer game away at Barnet 5-6th gr at 3:45 pm and 7-8th gr at 4:45 pm. 6th graders will be dismissed at 3:00 pm today in order to make it to the game on time.
  • Tuesday soccer game away at Concord 5-6th gr at 3:45 and 7-8th gr at 4:45. 6th graders will be dismissed at 3:00 pm Tuesday in order to make it to the game on time.
Directions to games:
  • The Barnet field is at the town school: take I-91 South to exit 18, go right off the ramp on to West Barnet Road and then turn right on to Kid Row, which ends at the school.
  • To Concord: take Red Village Road to Severance Hill Road and turn left onto Route 2 east. Travel 3 miles to a right turn onto Shadow Lake Road and then an immediate right onto School St.
Note changes in the rest of the calendar:
  • Both of Thursday's games against Stevens have been cancelled.
4-6th graders will be swimming this week, please remember to pick them up at the NVU (LSC) pool at 3:15.
This Friday is the Haunted House, Halloween party, and Halloween dance at Riverside, organized by Student Council. The party and Haunted House will take place from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and all K-8th graders are welcome. The party will be in the barn and the check-in for the Haunted House is in the Carriage House. Please come in costume. For the middle schoolers (6-8th grade), there is a dance that will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Student Council members who plan to stay after school until the event begins to help set up should make those plans specifically with Peter. Other students who are at school after dismissal time will be a part of the After School Program, which only runs until 5:00 pm.

We would welcome parents who would like to volunteer to assist with Halloween games or dance chaperoning; please contact Peter.

All PreK-8th graders are encouraged to wear costumes to school on October 31, especially during assembly when we will show them off and then go in search of the great jack-o-lantern, a Riverside traidtion.
In Mexican culture, the end of October is a time to celebrate ancestors, loved ones who have passed on and whose memories we strive to keep alive. The team of Riverside Spanish teachers will try to incorporate that tradition into K-8th grade Spanish classes over coming weeks. October 30-November 1 we will create and dispaly an "ofrenda" (offering) in the Solarium. We ask that all students bring in a hard copy of a photo of a deceased family member to share.
K-8th grade students are all learning about Biographies and taking on research about admirable people at different learning levels. On Friday, November 2 we invite friends and families to be an audience in celebration of all this learning!

 9:00 - 4 th grade presents Vermonters in their Classroom
           5 th grade presents Scientists in the Kitchen
           6 th grade presents Ancient Figures in the Assembly Hall
10:00 - Open Visiting Time
10:30 - 7 th grade presents Americans in the Assembly Hall
            8 th grade presents Modern Reformers in the Yurt
11:30 - Open Visiting Time
12:15 - BYO Lunch and Celebration

Also on Display for all Visitors:
  • Kindergarten Study of Dr. Seuss in the Microwave Room
  • 1st Grade Posters in the Barn Hallway
  • 2nd Grade Posters about Authors in the Barn Hallway
  • 3rd Grade Autobiographies in the Barn Hallway
We recommend that 8th grade families embrace the unique opportunity they have to consider high school choices as a real learning opportunity for students. Analyzing differences with specific priorities, interests, and needs in mind is a life skill. Multiple presentations by admissions teams from area high school are happening in 8th grade advisory sessions on Monday Mornings. Also -
  • St. Johnsbury Academy is holding an Open House on Thursday, November 1, registration at 5:45 (or in advance at this link) and program at 6:30. There will be time to meet with guidance counselors, learn about academics, talk to coaches and club advisors, and enjoy refreshments prepared by culinary students. Call 751-2130 for more information.
  • Lyndon Institute will host their Open House on Wednesday, November 7, with registration beginning at 5:30 (or in advance using this link) and opening remarks at 6:00 pm. Families will learn more about academic and technical education; meet teachers, staff, coaches, and fellow students; experience the fine and performing arts, discover January Term, and learn about some of our newest programs like Project Bike Tech and the Viking Cadets. Call 535-3700 for more information.
On Wednesday, November 7 PreK-8th grade students will be dismissed at 12:30. The After School Program will begin at that time. K-8th grade parents and students are encouraged to attend conferences with teachers together. Please call Krystal to schedule your 20-minute appointment. Preschool will hold it's conferences later in the year.
Thank you to everyone who brought in Box Tops and to Amanda Killam (2nd grader Micah) for counting and submitting them, which raised $60 for Riverside. There will be other collection deadlines in early January and before February break.

Box Tops are found on packages of cereal, Ziplock and trash bags, toilet paper, crackers and snacks, etc.
K-8th grade students will go ice skating on Friday November 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21*. We will depart by bus at 1:30 and students should be picked up at the Fenton Chester Arena in Lyndon Center at 3:15 (*pick up at 1:30 on December 21).

There is no After School Program for K-8th graders on skating days.

Release forms for each student are attached to today's Memo and also available here , please sign and return these to Nelia as soon as possible. Note the question at the bottom about helmet expectations in your family.
We will host our first Coffee House discussion for Riverside parents on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 - 7:00 in The Barn. The topic is "Teaching Kindness." This will be about the program at Riverside led by Michelle and Ellen Moore, and will include a discussion about bullying.
Karate with Mr G: 5-8th gr on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:00 and K-4th gr on Thursdays from 3:45-4:45. $8/week paid directly to Mr. G; Shotokan style; includes students from other schools. After School fees will apply for students who stay between dismissal and the start of the club. To sign up: email Mr. G

Crazy 8s with Kim Adams: 3-4th gr on Tuesdays from now through December from 4:15-5:00. Students will expand their mathematical reasoning skills with engaging activities. After School Fees will apply for students who stay and have snack between dismissal and the start of the club. To sign up: email Kim Adams

Chess with Nathan: K-8th gr on first and third Tuesdays, November 15 - February from 3:45-4:45. All levels are welcome, students should be dedicated to spending the whole hour playing/learning chess. We would welcome the help of a parent volunteer to supervise and play with students. After School Fees will apply for students who stay between dismissal and the start of the club. No need to sign up in advance, please let Nathan know if you can assist.

Destination Imagination with Courtney Daffinrud, Alison Kennedy, and Lilias Ide: 1-5th gr on a mutually convenient schedule to be determined after teams are formed, lasting November - March. We'd like to have another parent volunteer to support Lilias with the second team. Students will be problem solving and collaborating in preparation for a competition on March 23 in Burlington. To sign up: email Courtney and expect a $20 charge on your school store account.

Latin with Nathan: 6-8th gr on Thursdays November - May from 3:45-4:45. Students will be preparing for various weekend competitions. Sign up by contacting Nathan.

Japanese with Sachiko Ebbett: 1-8th graders on Mondays in January and February, from 3:45-4:30. Students will learn some of the language from a native speaker. After School Fees will apply for students who stay between dismissal and the start of the club. No need to sign up in advance.

Mountain Biking with Kingdom Experiences: K-8th grade bike owners and KTA pass holders on Fridays in April and May. There will be fees associated, paid directly to Kingdom Experiences. Students will participate in skill and maintenance clinics as well as riding the trails with experienced guides. Parents will have to transport students from school to Darling Hill. To sign up: look for information the in the Memo in late March.
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