MONDAY MEMO
3rd graders Kellan, Gabe, and Quinn have been making rain sticks in music class from scratch.
Greetings!

Take a close look at all the memo notes below, celebrations from last week and details on meetings happening this week. I apologize for the late addition of the note from the Yerkes family, which should've been in the Memo before now, but am so glad to be sharing it nonetheless.

Happy Monday,
Nelia
NOTES
18th ANNUAL AUCTION
Thank you to all of you who joined us for such a fun evening on Saturday night! We were so glad to welcome so many new faces and we thank you for inviting your friends, without whom we would not have raised more than $16,000 for Riverside!

We also want to specifically thank the following parents for their efforts in planning and executing this important event:
  • Artwork: Kate Renner
  • Donation Solicitation: Heidi Andrews, Lauren Belknap, Sarah Broome, Sara Lussier, Erin McMullen, Ellen Moore, Annie Patoine, Kim Rowell, Matt Young
  • Food: Krystal Ingalls, Sean Markey, Blanka McCarty, Annie Patoine, Kim Rowell, Cherisse Wildflower
  • Entertainment: Peter Sahlin, Lucas Weiss, the Great Blue Herons band (including Jim Dam, Nathan Gair, Lydia Ham, Jim Gilbert '15, Marc Lamontagne '16)
  • Registration and Check Out: Jen Croft, Heather MacDonald, Nelia Rath
  • Clean Up: Deandra Early, Kevin & Trisha Ingalls, and Chad Rowell

Remaining Items - the following items were not bid on, please let Nelia or Krystal know if you'd like to make a donation in exchange for any of them:
  • Computer Analyzed Front and Rear Suspension Consultation for a Mountain Bike (value $100)
  • 1 Year Membership to the SJA Field House (value $350)
  • 20 Game Day Tickets to the VT Mountaineers (value $120)
  • 2-hour Consultation with NEK Online (value $188)
  • books by Anne Morrow Lindbergh: A Gift from the Sea and Against Wind and Tide (value $38)
  • $30 Gift Certificate to Bridget's Beauty Boutiqe and some Products (value $50)
  • Clearly Creative Tealight Centerpiece with Tealights (value $100)
  • Brave Teaching by Krissy Pozatek (value $20)
  • The Parallel Process by Krissy Pozatek (value $20)
GEOGRAPHY BEE
More than 20 students chose to participate last week, what fun! The top 5 represented all the middle school grades. In the end, 3rd Pl went to Ezra McCarty, 2nd Pl to Hannah MacDonald, and 1st Pl to Oak Clarke. Oak will go on to the state-level Bee in Montpelier on March 29.
GUS UPDATE FROM THE YERKES FAMILY
To our Amazing Riverside Community,

We wanted to share the most recent news on Gus’ incredible recovery:

He had a full brain MRI in mide January, his first brain scan since the ‘best-darn-cat-scan-evah” that led to the cancellation of his 2nd brain surgery on Halloween 2018. We had the 3 month follow up consult with his neurosurgeon that afternoon and he had good news all around! It looks like the sinuses in the back of Gus’s brain that had been damaged by the initial skull fractures have mended themselves and are flowing regularly again. The hematoma is completely gone now and the fractures are healing well. The doc says no contact sports until the spring but he signed off on surfing with a helmet as early as next month. He expects Gus’s skull to have completely healed up as good as new by mid-April or so, just in time for spring soccer. (Go, Riverside!) Also, on his last eye test Gus scored a whopping 20/20, so all is well on the vision end too.  

We would like to thank everyone in our Riverside Community for their thoughts, cards, food, love, gifts, prayers, visits, chocolate, hugs and support. We are feeling so very, very grateful, relieved and extremely lucky to be surrounded by this community of people. Thank you all.

Hope to see you all soon!
Gus, Ruby, Lila, Polly and Jamie
FOOTLOOSE
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.
ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE
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.
PAG MEETING
The Parent Advisory Group will be meeting this Thursday, February 7, at 5:00 pm in the kitchen and library. Dinner and child care will be provided. Anyone who would like to participate in discussions about Riverside's programs, upcoming events, and generally supporting the community is welcome to attend.
DOWNHILL SKIING/SNOWBOARDING
We plan to be on the mountain this Friday afternoon, as well as the following Fridays: February 15, and March 8. Please remember to pick up there at 3:30.

Snacks : Thank you to the Nortons and MacDonalds, 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.
X-COUNTRY SKIING
We plan to be on the trails this Friday afternoon, as well as the following Fridays: February 15, and 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.

Snacks: Thank you to the Spences for planning to bring some snacks for our skiers this week. We'd appreciate the donation of snacks for our small group from any families who are willing, please email Mr. G .
COMMUNITY EVENT: SHANGHAI OPERA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Kingdom County Presents is really excited to have the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra coming to the LI Auditorium, 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 kcppresents.org .
MLK ASSEMBLY
We have rescheduled Dr. Potter's presentation for Wednesday, Feburary 20 at 2:15 pm. Parents are welcome to attend if it fits your schedule.
CHESS CLUB
We have to cancel Chess Club this week due to a rescheduled faculty meeting. The next Chess Club will be on the third Tuesday of the month, February 19.
KARATE
5-8: Wednesday, 3:45-5:00
K-4: Thursday, 3:45-4:45
LATIN CLUB
Latin Club will meet Thursday from 3:45-4:45.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION
Mel-Lilias-Rick's Team: this Wednesday 3:15-4:15
Courtney-Alison's Team: Thursday 4:00-5:00
GIVE TO RIVERSIDE'S MISSION
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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