J.R.R.Tolkien, Nelson Mandela, and Ché Guevara (aka 8th graders Oak, Kaelen, and Ezra) celebrated their completed Biography Fair projects in the portrait studio set up by parent and professional photographer Sean Markey last Friday.

Here is this week's Memo. Today begins the 2nd quarter of the school year! Middle schoolers shifted to new clean up crews, history/social studies classes began with new units of study, and we're going ice skating on Friday! There's also new information below about special days ahead, like Grandparents' Day and Community Service Day.

Happy Monday,
This Wednesday, November 7 PreK-8th grade students will be dismissed at 12:30. The After School Program will begin at that time. K-8th grade parents and students are encouraged to attend conferences with teachers together. Preschool will hold its conferences later in the year.

Please call Krystal to schedule your 20-minute appointment. All 6-8th grade appointment slots have been filled on both Wednesday and Thursday, except for 4:40-5:00 on Thursday. If you'd like to schedule another time to meet with teachers, please email them directly.
Congrats to all of our K-8th graders for the impressive work they showed off on Friday. We are grateful to all of the friends and family who came to be audience to them. This is an essential part of supportive community: showing that their hard work will be enjoyed and celebrated by so many.

We offer an extra special thanks to parent Sean Markey for volunteering his time to take extraordinary portraits of many of our students in costume, we look forward to sharing them with you!
Contrary to the calendar last week, there will be no Chess Club until December 4. Election Day, Faculty Meetings, and Community Service Day have taken up the Tuesday afternoons until then. Sorry for the confusion!
K-8th grade students will begin ice skating this Friday ! We will depart by bus at 1:30 and s tudents should be picked up at the Fenton Chester Arena in Lyndon Center at 3:15 . We will also skate November 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21 (pick up that day is at 1:30, an early dismissal after Mythology Day for the holiday vacation).

Equipment: Skates can be rented each week at the arena, and the $3 fee charged to your school store bill. There will also be a bin on the porch for skate-trading, please drop off any your family has outgrown and browse for what you need. If you want your child to wear a helmet, you will need to provide one, they are not available for rent.

Release forms need to be returned before your child can participate, extra copies available here .

There is no After School Program for K-8th graders on skating days.
In an effort to address our goals for spring field trips to enhance curriculum and to be developmentally appropriate, older students will be taking two Spring Field Trips this year. (PreK-3rd grade will continue with day trips in May as in recent years.) Space is limited for parent chaperones, but we would appreciate your help (especially dads!) carpooling and chaperoning throughout these experiences; let Nelia know if you plan to attend . Please See details below:
  • 4-5th Graders will travel May 20-22 to The Ecology School (formerly Ferry Beach) in Saco, Maine and spend the last day in Portland. Laryssa and Hanna will have additional information available this week at conferences.
  • 6-8th Graders will travel May 15-17 to Boston.
We will host our first Coffee House discussion for Riverside parents next Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 - 7:00 in The Barn. The topic is "Teaching Kindness." This will be about the program at Riverside led by Michelle and Ellen Moore, and will include a discussion about bullying. If you're interested in how Teaching Kindness fits into the rest of our Advisory and social skills curricula, read the press release about it here .
On Tuesday, November 20 PreK-8th graders will participate in our annual Community Service Day. They will contribute time, energy, and creativity to projects in support of the Lyndon Food Shelf, Riverside Life Enrichment Center, Darling Inn Meal Site, American Legion, NEK Youth Services, and more. We welcome the help and participation of parents who might like to join in these projects, especially those that need students to be driven off campus. Please let Nelia know if you can help.

This is the last day before Thanksgiving vacation, note that PreK-8 students will be dismissed at 12:30 that day. The After School Program will run until 5:00 pm, please let us know in advance if your child will attend .
Each year we welcome grandparents to join us at Riverside on the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 26. We have mailed invitations, with notes from students, and RSVP cards to all the grandparents whose information we had in our database. If your family was not included, please contact Krystal to add their contact information to our records.

Visitors are welcome for the entire day or for just the hours that their schedules allow. Teachers will strive to make grandparents comfortable in their classrooms and to design lesson activities that are engaging for all ages. Visitors will be invited to coffee and snacks in the kitchen during break time (9:45-10:00) and hosted with sandwiches and remarks from Michelle at lunch time (12:15-12:45). Student hosts should bring their own lunches.

Volunteer Bakers - We'd welcome any items you want to send in that day to go with coffee and tea during morning break. Thank you!
Please support the Annual Fund.
We'd be grateful if someone with a truck could haul the metal trash items we have next to our dumpsters to the NEK Waste Mgmt District facility in Lyndonville. Please let Krystal know if you can do that for us!
Our Parent Advisory Group will meet three more times this year, and all of those dates have been updated due to calendar conflicts with the original plans. Meeting dates are now: November 29, February 7, and May 23, at 5:00. Childcare and dinner will be provided for all. All parents are invited to attend these meetings, where we discuss upcoming events, needs for and questions about Riverside programs and administration, and enjoy building community with each other.
Mel Finn is organizing archery lessons with Linwood Smith in St. Johnsbury. Lessons will be at Linwood's indoor range from 3:30-5:30, Mondays, starting November 5. The lessons are done through the 4-H program and cost only $1 per session, including equipment and instruction. Lessons continue until Spring, when Linwood switches to rifle. The focus is on skill and safety. If interested, please contact Mel at  or phone (802)299-8326.
Student tickets are free to this special event on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm in the NVU-Lyndon Stannard Gymnasium. Adult tickets, usually $36 plus fees, are 20% through the end of today. More information and ticket purchase links can be found at Kingdom County Productions Presents .
Lyndon Institute will host their Open House on Wednesday, November 7, with registration beginning at 5:30 (or in advance using this link ) and opening remarks at 6:00 pm. Families will learn more about academic and technical education; meet teachers, staff, coaches, and fellow students; experience the fine and performing arts, discover January Term, and learn about some of our newest programs like Project Bike Tech and the Viking Cadets. Call 535-3700 for more information.
CHC provides opportunities for girls ages 2-20 to learn and practice ice hockey. They have ice time on Sundays from 5:30-6:30, beginning October 28. Dartmouth women's team will lead a skills clinic on Sunday, November 18. Participation is by donation. For more information contact Ken Burchesky at 802-626-3235.
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