Maceo, Esme, and Lennon worked quietly in their journals during the 4-5th grade Spring Field Trip to the Ecology School in Maine last week.

It is the penultimate week of school! We are already very busy with end of year projects, exams, celebrations, and traditions. Please read all the details below about such things.

Happy Tuesday,
We would like to give a big "thank you" to all who donated bottles/cans for the Kindergarten bottle drive! The Kindergarteners spent time sorting, arranging bottles into ten frames, counting by 10's, and practicing tally marks. They then took a small field trip to cash in the bottles at the redemption center and purchase feed and shavings from Morrison's Feed Bag. We had egg donations from Anna Crytzer and Mike Moore - thank you so much! The chicks have now begun the hatching process, please feel free to drop by and check them out. The kindergarteners are lucky to have your support for a very special learning experience!! Thank you once again.
To all the parents who supported Student Council with their Summer Party on Friday night, we thank you! Some donated food and drinks (Boles, Moore, and Irwin families; some lent grills (Griffins and Patoines), some managed the grills and cooking (Annie Patoine, Matt Reeve), and others chaperoned (Peter Smyth). Thank you so much for your help!
Zach has been coordinating fitness testing for 4th and 7th graders during their PE classes. The Fitness Gram application records data on aerobic capacity, abdominal muscular strength and endurance, upper body muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. This is part of the suite of standardized assessments the state expects of all publicly funded students. As with math, science, and English/language arts, Riverside believes it best to widen the data sample to all of the students in the relevant grades
This Thursday the 5th graders are hosting our first annual Cultural Fair. They day will begin with an extended assembly where 5th graders present some of their learning. They have also prepared spaces around our campus that will represent the cultures of Syria, Tanzania, South Korea, and Mexico and Chile. 5th graders will present about the food, fashion, games, geology, language, and location of those countries for 15 minutes at a time to other groups of students and visitors who want to rotate through, between 11:00-12:00 and 1:00-2:00.
Wow! You surely noticed all the ticks this weekend! Deer tick season is at its peak, so let's be proactive about preventing tick bites this summer.

Parents Dr. Thauna Abrin (preschooler Laila) and biologist Alan Giese (6th grader Anika and 8th grader Maren) will be available in the barn next Tuesday, June 4 from 3:00-4:00 pm to answer questions and give advice about deer tick bite prevention and treatment. They will speak formally for about 10 minutes at 3:30 to any who have gathered.
  • Alan, who has been studying tick populations in VT since 2011, can speak to tick ecology, tick species identification with samples, where and when tick encounters are most likely, reasons for the population explosion, how to avoid them, and testing them for pathogens. 
  • Dr. Thauna (naturopathic doctor in Hardwick) She will also have tick bite first aid kits (remedies that balance the skin and immune reactions) available for sale.

We hope this is a convenient way to use our community resources to help everyone, please plan to park and visit with Dr. Thauna for as much time as you have.
6-8th graders will be taking semester exams next Tuesday-Thursday. Please support them at home by encouraging them to get organized and set priorities in advance, and by teaching and reinforcing study skills, as teachers are doing school.
6th Grade
  • Tuesday: history, Latin
  • Wednesday: math, English
  • Thursday: Spanish, science
7th Grade
  • Tuesday: Spanish, English
  • Wednesday: Math, Science
  • Thursday: history, Latin
8th Grade
  • Tuesday: science, world issues
  • Wednesday: Spanish, Latin
  • Thursday: math, English
Thank you to the Parent Advisory Group for organizing another week of meals for teachers as a thank-you for the school year. Those will be happening next week, June 3-7. This effort is intended to fulfill any desire parents might have to purchase gifts for teachers, we would be so glad to be well-fed! If you would like to contribute, please email parent Jen Croft (5th grader Adrienne and 7th grader Teagan).
Thank you to the members of the Board's Facilities Committee who were on campus today helping to plan our volunteer clean-up days. They have helped us to define the chores that need to be done, and the supplies and tools to will have ready. We are really looking forward to many hands and smiling faces making light work.
  • Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-12:00pm: gardening and cleaning projects
  • Tuesday, June 11, 5:30pm: cleaning, painting, and hauling materials out of the basement and the attic so that insulating work can be done.
I f you cannot attend either, you can still support us by taking on a job at another mutually convenient time later this summer (painting, light construction). Please email Facilities Chair Polly Yerkes to coordinate that.
Riverside's last Friday of school - June 7 - is a fun combination of annual traditions and unique activities planned by 8th graders in consult with Peter.
  • Bike to School (please read carefully): Unfortunately, Lyndonville Police Chief Jack Harris received numerous complaints about our bikers, walkers, and drivers on the roads in the morning. He has shared the details of those with us (reminding us of the relevant laws about keeping close to the right side of the road, which were broken by both students and adults, and carry fines $75-100), we take those seriously, and we have spoken with him and with the PAG about modifying our plans. Doing that well will take another year of coordinated planning led by parents and staff together. If you would like to be a part of that, please let Nelia and/or '19-'20 PAG Heads Ellen Moore and Kim Adams know. In the meantime this is our modified plan for this year: students who would like to bike or walk from any location are welcome to do so only if they are with one of their own parents (we ask that no students do so alone, or without their own parents, so as to keep groups very small and well-supervised). Any others who would like to ride bikes, can meet a group that will be escorted by Riverside staff, volunteer parents, and Chief Harris himself at the Lyndon Outing Club at 7:45 am for that 1.5 mile downhill ride. Any who would like to walk can meet at the Lyndon Outing Club at 7:20 am for that 1.5 mile downhill walk.
  • Talent Show: Students who would like to perform in a talent show are asked to review and/or audition their plans with Peter this week. The performances will begin at 12:45 pm and parents are encouraged to attend.
  • Awards: Perfect Attendance and National Latin Exam Awards will be given out during an intermission of the talent show at approximately 1:30. Please know that we will do our best to be on schedule, and it is difficult to plan that afternoon down to the minute.
  • Water "Fight": The last activity of the day will be an optional water "fight" on the soccer field, beginning at 2:15. Students should bring a towel and a suit or wet clothes. Be prepared for students to be wet when you arrive to pick them up. Changing clothes is difficult in those last few minutes, it might be better to have some tarps/towels in your car depending on your plans.
  • Dismissal Times: The usual 3:00 for K-5th and 3:30 for 6-8th.
  • After School Program: Please let us know if your child will need After School care on the last day of school as we expect very few and want to plan accordingly. If a student will be staying, they should have dry clothes to change into.
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8, our graduation is a year-end celebration for all PreK-8th grade students and an official school day. We encourage all parents to attend because we will be recognizing many students of different grade levels and the community potluck lunch afterwards is a fun way to end the year together. Students should arrive by 9:45 and report directly to the Yurt, dressed nicely as they would for a music concert.

Potluck assignments: We ask all families to bring a salad or main course dish to share. Please remember a serving utensil and mark all your personal items with your name. Please also plan to list the ingredients, we will have markers and cards available if necessary. Riverside will be providing drinks and a cake.

We ask that 7th grade parents to help keep the potluck organized, please let your PAG parent Renee Piernot know if you can help with set-up or clean-up.
Information is gathering in Krystal's office about various summer opportunities for area youth. We will try to share them here as well, with links to more information.
There is the final week of Karate: 5-8th graders on Wednesday from 3:45-5:00 and K-4th graders on Thursday from 3:45-4:45.
The last meeting of Latin Club is this Thursday, from 3:45-5:00.
Mountain Bike Club will meet again this Friday. Since the trails are open and the group will be riding, pick up time is 5:30 pm.
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