The eighth graders celebrated the start of their last year at Riverside with an overnight canoeing adventure with Michelle, Laryssa, Deandra, Nathan, Sean Markey, Alan Giese, and Jason Brueck from Siskin Coutts Ecological Adventures.

Happy First Day of School. Here's a Wednesday Memo to start the year off right. As we await everyone turning in their forms so that we can compile effective lists, all families are getting a hard copy of the Memo this week. By next week we hope to be sharing it electronically with those who prefer it.

Happy Wednesday!
The Monday Memo is an essential tool for building and maintaining our supportive community at Riverside. Please make it a part of your family's routine to read and make sense of it at the beginning of each week. On the annual Biography form there is a place to let us know if you prefer a hard copy, and to share grandparent email addresses with us if they'd like to receive it also. The Memo is also updated on our website by the end of the day on Mondays.

The Constant Contact platform for email uses a software system that formats the Monday Memo for  your  email address. If you wish to forward the email, please scroll to the bottom and follow the directions to forward. 

Please let us know if you are experiencing any technical issues with Constant Contact so that we can try to resolve them together.
There are important forms that we need from each family as soon as possible, including the Family Biography, Medical Information, Handbook Agreement, Background Check (new families), Driver Information Release, and Release of Information (8 th grade only). If you need any new copies, please email or stop in to Krystal’s office at pick up today. Please return these to us as soon as possible so that we can collate and use the information as necessary.  Completing these promptly will allow us to publish a family contact list, to share the Monday Memo electronically, and to plan the Fall Field Trip as necessary. Please complete these tonight!
Most new families received their 2018-2019 Riverside Family Handbooks at the New Family Orientation, others were given out today at drop off or pick up. Please be sure to review the booklet with your child as is appropriate to his/her age (a 7-8 th grader might read it entirely, a 4-5 th grader might read sections you recommend, you might talk with your 1-2 nd grader about items you feel are important) and sign and return the form so that we know that students are familiar with the information. Don’t miss additional information and forms in the front pocket, including a cover letter from Michelle, planned absence forms, a school calendar, an explanation of Parent Involvement, the Apparel Order form, and much more.
The ASP has begun running today. If you plan for your child to attend on any kind of regular schedule, please complete the After School Program Registration Form so that we can plan accordingly. If you have an irregular need for your child to be cared for after dismissal, just call us as soon as possible. Students in the preschool program must attend After School in that classroom, and be picked up by 4:15 ($5). K-8 th grade students can be picked up by 4:15 ($5) or by 5:00 ($10) in the kitchen. More details about the program are in the Family Handbook.
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 will begin after the Fall Field Trip and will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for both teams.
  • 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 appreciate parents who donate their time to ref our home games and to provide snacks for the team at half-time during all games. Sign up sheets for these two requests will be out with the other volunteer sign ups at the Fall Fresh Start event on September 7. 
We look forward to starting the year with a large community event, building the relationships that will serve our students well over the course of the year. Thank you for planning to attend. In a change from recent years, we will not be doing any chores on Friday. Please join us at 5:00:
5:00 pm - Community Meeting led by Michelle - We ask that all Riverside families be present for introductions, school updates, and get-to-know each other time. 8th graders will also lead activities for students.
6:00 pm - BBQ potluck - We will not be grilling this year. 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 dessert.
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. More details about the directions, schedule, packing list, and meals will follow at Friday’s Community Meeting and in next week's Monday Memo.
  • 4th-8th Grade: We expect all 4th-8th grade students 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. We will be staying in cabins with beds and mattresses, and there are bathrooms nearby. 
  • K-3rd Grade: These students 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.

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 LSC 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 from 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
8 - Alan Giese
The inaugural event was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of parent inspiration and organization (Mel Finn, Lilias Ide, Madeleine Balcom, Karina Weiss, Angela Norton, Stephanie Giese). We had more than 50 racers representing Riverside and Burke Town Schools. We look forward to having participation from more schools next year, as this event is designed to support any school you wish. We are so grateful to Kingdom Trails for their collaboration, and to Cafe Lotti (coffee), Parkway Realty (funds for music), Wildflower Inn and Vermont Children's Theater (space), Aaron Codling (photography), and all of the landowners who support KTA's trails.

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.

Next year's event is already planned for Sunday, August 18, mark your calendars!
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!
30 Lily Pond Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851
phone: 802.626.8552
fax: 802.626.4156
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