Mrs. Laferriere welcomed first graders Julian, Zoe, and Lilyahna last week.

We hope this Monday Memo made it in to your email inbox or your hands without issue! If there were any problems with getting it to you by your preferred method, please get in touch with Nelia ASAP. It is also always available on the homepage of our website by early evening.

Happy Monday!
We enjoyed the annual tradition of giving families an official welcome to the school year, introducing key leaders at our school, and enjoying a meal together on Friday night. If you were not able to attend, please plan to stop in Krystal's office this week and browse the volunteer sign-up sheets to lend us a hand this year in a way that's right for you.

If you left dishes or utensils behind on Friday night, please find them in our kitchen before they are lost.
We hope that you found the order form for Riverside apparel (t-shits, hoodies, performance gear, hats, bags) in the handbook and saw some of the samples on display on Friday night. Here is a link to a new form if you need it. Orders are due Monday, September 24 in Krystal's office.
The first, major, parent-led fundraiser of the year is less than a month away, on Saturday, October 6. Anyone interested in helping to lead the event, especially with regard to advertising, food, set-up and clean up, can join an organizational meeting tomorrow morning, September 11, at 8:00 am in the kitchen, or reach out to Madeleine Balcom ( or Anna Crytzer ( If you weren't with us on Friday night to sign up to volunteer, visit this website , where we're organizing our volunteer shifts team this year. Those who signed up on Friday, your names have been added. Middle schoolers are invited to sign up for shifts as well as adults.
The 5-6 th grade soccer team will be coached by parents Mike Moore (5th grader Macy) and Alan Giese (6th grader Anika and 8th grader Maren) and the 7-8 th grade team by Jamie Yerkes (2nd grader Lila and 7th grader Gus). We encourage all 5-8 th graders to participate in the games and enjoy the team atmosphere of competition. 
  • Practices will take place during PE classes during the school day, and so are required for all students. There will also be optional after school practices on all Mondays and Thursdays for the 5-6 team and Tuesdays and Thursdays for the 7-8 team, beginning this Thursday. You can pick your child up from practice any time before 4:30 on Mondays and 5:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Games
Thursday, Sept. 20 at home vs. Concord 5-6th gr at 4:30, 7-8th gr at 5:30
Thursday, Sept. 27 at home vs. Stevens 5-6th gr at 4:00, 7-8th gr at 5:00
Thursday, Oct. 4 at home vs. Waterford 5-6th gr at 4:00, 7-8th gr at 5:00
Thursday, Oct. 11 away at Barnet 5-6th gr at 4:00, 7-8th gr at 5:00
Tuesday, Oct. 16 at home vs. Barnet 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45
Thursday, Oct. 18 away at Waterford 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45
Tuesday, Oct. 23 away at Concord 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45
Thursday, Oct. 25 at home vs. Stevens 5-6th gr at 3:45, 7-8th gr at 4:45
  • Equipment required for games includes cleats, shin guards, and mouth guards. 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 porch of school for anyone to look through.
  • Volunteer Help: We need some more help with snacks for games and refs for home games. If you can assist, please stop in Krystal's office and add your name to the relevant volunteer sign up sheets.
This year’s Fall Field Trip will be to the Covenant Hills Camp off of Route 2 in Cabot, VT, see specific dates below depending on grade level. We encourage, welcome, and value the attendance of parents for all or any portion of the trip; you can be helpful to us in supervising students and preparing meals, and you will really enjoy this time to get to know other students and their families. Please let Nelia know if you plan to stay with us overnight at all so that she can plan sleeping arrangements/supervision duties accordingly.

We expect all 4 th -8 th graders to be in attendance Wednesday, September 12 – Friday, September 14. Please organize transportation so students arrive there by 9:00 on Wednesday morning and are picked up at 1:30 on Friday. Directions and packing list are below. K-3 rd Graders will join us on Thursday via organized carpools from Riverside with their teachers, and volunteer drivers (please let teachers know directly if you'd like to join us and can help drive.)

We will dismiss PreK-3 rd graders from Riverside between 12:30-1:30 on Friday, as they’ll be tired from their first full week and the older students have an early release that day as well.  If you have students in both age groups, please pick up your elementary student first, probably soon after 12:30, so that you can pick up at the camp in Cabot on time.

  • Directions: Travel west on Route 2 out of St. Johnsbury, 14.2 miles through Danville and West Danville. Turn left on Houghton Road (note black VT business sign warning in advance for “UCC Camp”), and travel .8 mile to a right hand entrance on Covenant Hills Road.
  • K-3 Chaperones: Please let an elementary teacher know if you plan to attend with younger students during the school day on Thursday.
  • 4-8 Chaperones: Please let Nelia know if you plan to spend a night with us.
  • K-3 Packing List: sturdy shoes, water bottle, sweatshirt, raincoat, bathing suit, and towel
  • 4-8 Packing List: (in addition to what will be worn Wednesday) Remember, it will very likely rain during our Field Trip, and we will continue to learn, play, and bond in the outdoors. Raincoats are non-negotiable, spare socks and shoes encouraged!
2-3 pairs underwear warm hat for sleeping
3-4 pairs socks backpack for day hike
2 short sleeve tshirts towel
1 long sleeve shirt sleeping bag
1 fleece or hoodie pillow (optional)
1 pair of shorts flashlight
1 pair of long pants toiletries (including sunscreen)
warm pajamas water bottle
bathing suit comfy shoes for a short hike
raincoat book, camera, deck of cards (optional)
Wednesday lunch
** please do not bring a cell phone, personal MP3 or video player, video games, or other personal electronic devices. The purpose of this trip is to have positive and high quality personal interactions with each other.
  • After-School Program that Friday:  The ASP will run as soon as K-3 students are dismissed from Riverside, as it will on other half-days during the year, until 5:00 pm. The PreK does not have After-School on half days.
4 th -6 th grade students will begin swimming on Friday afternoons at the NVU (LSC) pool, beginning on September 21. Nelia will be supervising swim teachers ( we’re seeking local volunteers, let us know if you have experience, or know someone who does ) who divide the students in to ability groups and help them improve stroke skills and endurance, as well as practice water safety skills.  We also need a male volunteer to help chaperone the boys’ locker room from 1:45-2:00 and 3:00-3:15, that volunteer could choose to swim with us or not.  Please let Nelia know if you can help.

We will transport students there on a bus at 1:30, and pick up for those students will happen at the NVU pool at 3:15 (allowing you to pick up others at Riverside before at 3:00 or after at 3:30 as needed) that Friday and on all other swim dates: September 21, 28 October 5, 19, 26, and November 2.

Reminder: there is no After School Program for students who are dismissed from off-campus programs.

4-6th grade parents there will be a consent form from NVU for you to sign coming home with students this week. Please return it to Laryssa, Hanna, or Nelia.
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 Thursday, September 20 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 join us! So far, members include:
PreK - Lucas & Karina Bongaarts Weiss
K - Madeleine & Ian Balcom
1 - Erin McMullen, Tricia Bunnell
2 - Alison Kennedy, Angela Norton
3 - Kim Adams, Courtney Daffinrud
4 - Mel Finn, Tricia Bunnell
5 - Ellen Moore, Jen Croft
6 - Sara Lussier
7 - Renee Piernot, Chantel Randall
8 - Alan Giese
Participants, please turn in your pledge forms and donations to Nelia as soon as possible. We look forward to announcing a total of funds raised for Riverside later this month.
Each year we enjoy participating in two area, seasonal parades. Parent Ellen Moore (5th grader Macy) is organizing our wagon and giant heron, students are encouraged to bring candy to throw. All Riverside families are invited to wear blue and green and to ride, walk, or bike behind Riverside's banner.
  • Colors of the Kingdom in St. Johnsbury, Saturday, September 15. Meet by 9:30 at the Father Lively Center on Summer Street.
  • Fall Foliage Festival in East Burke, Saturday, September 29. Meet by 9:30 at the Rec Field on Route 114 just north of the village.
The following are a few easy ways to help support Riverside throughout the year.
  • Price Chopper Tools for Schools: This simple fund-raiser benefits the school each time you shop all year long. If you shop at Price Chopper, sign up to support Riverside on the sheet in the front pocket of your Family Handbook. In the past our Price Chopper rewards have earned us much needed sports equipment, a digital projector, and a wireless microphone set.
  • Box Tops: Many food products in cardboard boxes have a small logo on the top that says “Box Tops for Education.” These can earn us rewards and supplies. Please collect and bring these to school. Your efforts greatly help! 
  • Good Search and Good Shop: When you use as your search engine and select The Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) as your charity, we get one cent for each search conducted. Set your browsers now! From that site you can link to, which then links to all your favorite on line shopping sites (Amazon, Borders, Staples, Marriott, United Airlines, QVC, eBay). Following that link to complete your shopping, and having the Riverside School (in Lyndonville, VT) set as your charity, will result in a portion of the sale being donated to our school.
  • Amazon Smile: Start at and select "Riverside School Inc" in Lyndonville, VT. Once you choose us the first time, all you have to do is start your shopping at that url in the future, and .05% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to us!
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