Brooklynn, Gus, CJ, Nick, Clint, Lacey, and Emily, from Aqua and Terra houses, listened carefully to the safety orientation and planned their personal challenges on the high ropes course at Hulbert Outdoor Center last week.

Here's to the first, regular, full-week of school for K-8th graders! We look forward to seeing everyone at the formal kick off to the year for all families on Friday night, the Supportive Community Night. See details below.

Happy Monday!
We hope students and parents will attend this event on Friday night from 5:00-7:00 pm. Our goal is to officially welcome the community to the school year and to provide valuable information about Riverside’s classrooms and programs.

5:00: Rotating Schedule for classroom presentations. Teachers/advisors and PAG leaders will present information and activities formally, along with answering questions, in their classrooms for about 30 minutes. The preschool will not formally present during this time, although those families are still encouraged to attend in order to take part in other activities and build supportive relationships with other parents.
  • 5:00-5:30: K, 1, 2nd grades
  • 5:30-6:00 4, 5, 7th grades
  • 6:00-6:30 3, 6, 8th grades
  • When not in a classroom families are encouraged to 
  1. meet with their geographic neighbors in the cedars or 
  2. meet Michelle in the kitchen for questions/sharing concerns/ etc.
  3. sign up on volunteer lists on tables outside
6:30: Potluck and welcome from Head of School Michelle Ralston and Board President Rebecca Hill-Larsen. 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.

PAG Leaders: if you haven't yet, please be in touch with your partner teacher or advisor to plan your presentations.
Check out this short video highlighting the fun atmosphere of the race on YouTube ! Facebook users can also see lots of pictures here , thanks to Riverside grandparent and professional photographer Herb Swanson (2nd grader Raya and preschooler Hannah).

Race results are posted on the bulletin board outside of Krystal's office, and fundraising totals will also be shared in Morning Assembly on October 2, when we have all pledge money turned in. Participants, please turn in your pledge forms and donations to Nelia before the end of the month.
We hope you are cleaning out your attics, basements, and closets to donate to our Fall Yard Sale. Vounteers will be here to help you unload and sort donations on Sunday, September 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm. You may also drop off your donations on your own any time the rest of that week leading up to the sale.

We also hope that you can volunteer to work a shift for the event: setting up on Friday, October 4 or managing the sale on Saturday, October 5. You can sign up to volunteer here:

The organizational committee will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 am in the kitchen. Anyone who's interested in helping is welcome to attend.
Please communicate directly with your children each morning about his/her plans for the afternoon. It's also very helpful as you're establishing your weekly routines for K-8 students for the fall, to let Sean or Krystal know which days you plan to have your children staying after school well in advance. We understand there are always last minute needs, though, and you're welcome to call us and add your K-8th grade child(ren) to the list during the day.
Our Parent Advisory Group continues this year with its goals of communication, facilitation, mentoring, and fundraising. This group consists of at least one family from each grade level, and welcomes any other families who want to join in its efforts.
           The group will be meeting for the first time on Tuesday, September 17 at 5:00 pm in the library to talk through logistics and goals in greater detail. There will be dinner and childcare provided. If you would like to join this group, please come! The Leaders for each class are:
PreK: Kate Renner
K: Lucas+Karina Weiss
1: Molly Moghari
2: Courtney Daffinrud
3: Alison Kennedy, Angela Norton
4: Kim Adams
5: Arcelie Newell
6: Jen Croft, Ellen Moore
7: Sara Lussier
8: Renee Piernot

Please note we've changed the date of our second meeting to Thursday, November 14.
4-8th graders are encouraged to participate in the Global Climate Strike this Friday, September 20. Riverside will provide a bus to take our students up to the NVU campus, where NVU's student group Climate Consensus has organized a march to downtown Lyndonville at 11:30. Participants will have a police escort. In the park next to the Freighthouse Restaurant at 12:30, professor of Atmospheric Sciences Janel Hanrahan and her students will be presenting the scientific data that proves climates are shifting on earth, we will eat packed lunches there, and then take a bus back to Riverside.

Professor Hanrahan will also be presenting to Riverside 4-8th graders in morning assembly this Wednesday with engaging visual representations of data and an argument for how our human communities need to change to sustain our environments. We are grateful to have her expertise as part of our efforts to teach to the Next Generation Science Standard: "a sk questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century."

For more information about the world wide effort, check out this site . If you have questions or prefer that your 4-8th grader opt out of this experience (alternate activities will happen at Riverside), please email Nelia directly .

Parents: Please be sure that your students have lunches that are easy to eat picnic style, without microwaves, on Friday. We will help students who wish to make signs to accompany the walk, if you want to make any at home that would be great! We also welcome you to join us for any part of the day.
The full schedule of games is below. Please also read carefully about equipment that is required and encouraged for game play. New this year: there will be days when Riverside is playing games at home and away at the same time, depending on age groups. As our school grows and we strive to involve the most students in playing as possible, and we want to keep the schedule consistent and limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays, this is unavoidable. We recognize for parents of multiple children this will be complicated, and we hope you'll read the Memo carefully to make sure you have all the right information and that you'll ask staff and other parents for help when you need it.

Equipment required for games includes cleats, shin guards, appropriate clothing (shorts or athletic pants), and no jewelry. Mouth guards are encouraged and optional.  Before you go shopping, plan to check out the huge supply we've got for the taking, and if you have gear that no longer fits, consider sharing it with another family. The supplies will be on the back/cubby room porch of school for anyone to look through.

Volunteer Help: We appreciate parents who donate their time to help supervise practices, ref our home games, and to provide snacks for the team at half-time during all games. The sign up sheets that were out at the Open House have been updated with specific dates, and will be out again at Supportive Community Night this Friday .

Game Schedule:
* For 7-8th graders, most everyone plays on the "Riverside Herons" team; those more advanced and committed players on the "Riverside Flood" team know who they are.
Thursday, Sep. 19:
  • 3-4th grade @ LTS, 4:15 pm
  • 5-6th grade @ Waterford 5:45 pm
  • 7-8th grade Riverside Herons @ LTS 4:15 pm
  • 7-8th grade Riverside Flood @ Waterford 4:30 pm
Thursday, Sep. 26:
  • 3-4th grade vs Stevens 5:00 pm
  • 7-8th grade vs Stevens 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 3:
  • 3-4th grade vs Stevens 5:00 pm
  • 5-6th grade @ Barnet 5:00 pm
  • 7-8th grade vs Stevens 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 10:
  • 5-6th grade vs Waterford 4:00 pm
  • 7-8th grade @ Barnet 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 15:
  • 3-5th grade @ Concord 4:00 pm
  • 6-8th grade vs Concord 4:15 pm
Thursday, Oct 17:
  • 3-5th grade @ LTS 4:00 pm
  • 6-8th grade @ LTS 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 22:
  • 3-5th grade vs Concord 4:15 pm
  • 6-8th grade @ Concord 4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 24:
  • 5-6th grade vs Barnet 3:45 pm
  • 7-8th grade vs Barnet 4:45 pm
Tuesday, Oct 29:
  • 6-8th grade vs Good Shepherd 4:30 pm
4 th -6 th grade students will be not be swimming this Friday due to Homecoming events at the college. We will swim again on September 27, October 4, 18, and November 1.
Extended Day Program Director Sean Fortier is gathering information about student interests and parent volunteers for different kinds of afternoon Clubs. Is there an after-school club you would like to make happen at Riverside? Film Making? Chess? Yoga? Origami? Please contact Sean to discuss goals, students involved, time of year, resources needed, etc. We hope to share a list of club offerings within the next few weeks.
All friends and families in the Riverside community are invited to attend our Oktoberfest event on Friday, October 11 from 6-9 pm in our barn. This event is for adults, it is not meant for students. Complimentary craft beers, non-alcoholic drinks, and heavy appetizers will be provided by our generous Board of Trustees. Please RSVP to Riverside at 626-8552. We look forward to celebrating the start of our 39th year with you!
Thank you to those families who came to St. Johnsbury on Saturday morning to show their Riverside pride in the Colors of the Kingdom parade! We look forward to seeing lots of you again in East Burke on Saturday, September 28 for their annual Fall Foliage Festival. We will meet at 9:30 am at the Rec Field on route 114 just north of the village. Wear your blue and green colors, bring candy to throw, and plan to walk, ride on the wagon, or slowly pedal a bike behind our school banner.
The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury is hosting two programs related to Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics that may be of interest to Riverside families:
  • Math Encounters Kick Off: A guest lecture by Professor Ethan Boker of UMass Boston will present You Are a Super Star, about the art, history, and mathematics related to the five-pointed star. Participants will create their onw stellated dodecahedrosn to take home, Saturday, Sep. 21, 2:00-3:30 pm. The event is free.
  • Math Encounters Monthly Lab: third Saturdays, from 2:00-5:00 pm, $250/student. Register here.
  • After School Programming and Electronics with our own 8th grader Ethan Spence and his dad Geoff: for middle and high school students who want to investigate digital electronics, robotics, programming, and computer-aided design. Wednesdays, beginning Sep. 25, 4:00-6:00 pm, $150/student. Register here.
The St. Johnsbury 007 Cub Scout Pack is hosting an Open House on Sunday September 22nd at 3pm at the Father Lively Center. The Cub Scouts welcome boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through, and including, 5th grade. It should be a fun time, including bottle rockets.
We do from time to time post information here about events and opportunities that support youth and our mission.

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