7th graders Lila Cobb and Cliona Balcom act out Zeus's proposal to Hera - and her negative reply - in Latin class, as part of their preparations for Mythology Day (December 21).

It's a short week with regular classes today and Service Day traditions tomorrow, but we didn't want you to miss your weekly updates from Riverside! Most lesson plan documents have little detail, just a holiday greeting from teachers.

Happy Monday,
Tomorrow 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.

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 .
Extensive paperwork for our ski programs (x-country at Kingdom Trails and downhill ski and ride at Burke Mountain) will go home with students on the Monday we return from Thanksgiving. Please return it as soon as possible.

Chaperones - Nelia (downhill) and Mr G (x-country) will be communicating with you soon about schedule and logistical details. Please look out for emails from them.
Parent Tiffany Murray (6th grader Aubriella) is a well known local artist whose award-winning "paint and sip" events are considered the best in the area. She will be hosting one here at Riverside on Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Krystal. Bring your own drink of choice and snacks will be provided. Proceeds will benefit Riverside's extensive field trip programs, which enhance our curricula through active learning and from which our supportive community is strengthened. Seats are limited and this event is open to the whole community, including Tiffany's large following: purchase now!
Those who ordered Riverside apparel earlier in the fall should've received their purchases last week, or they are in Krystal's office for you. We do have some extra items for sale if you're interested:
  • beanie hats - $15
  • t-shirt (size 6t) - $15
  • performance hoodies (size adult small) - $32
Each Riverside family should've been notified specifically about our closing on Friday through automated messaging by phone and/or email. If that did not happen according to your preferences, please email Krystal and let her know.
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!
Burklyn Arts is a local organization that helps fund art education in many area schools, including Riverside, to the tune of $18,000. Thanks to Burklyn we can go to see professional performances, engage in our play productions, and invite visiting artists to work with our students in the classroom. Burklyn's major semi-annual fundraiser is their craft fair, a wonderful gift shopping opportunity. This year's fair is at Lyndon Town School on Decmeber 1-2. Burklyn asks that all the schools they support help provide cookies for their bake sale, and so we hope that the Riverside Bakers and others willing will drop off some cookies here at school on Friday , November 30, and then we will deliver them to the fair for selling, no need to package them individually. If you use a container you'd like returned, please put your name and "Riverside" clearly on it.
Please let Krystal know directly if you would like your child's school photo to be retaken on December 6. If so, original prints must be returned uncut.
No Crazy 8s this week! Happy Thanksgiving.
This club for elementary students to engage in collaborative problem solving in a competitive performance is ready to get started. Parents Courtney Daffinrud and Alison Kennedy will be leading one team, and Lilias Ide, Rick Golden, and Mel Finn the other team. Each team has room for two more 1st-5th graders. Participants must be available for the culminating competition in Burlington on March 23. Please email Courtney if you'd like your child to join in and look out for emails from the team leaders about regular meeting schedules. Participants will have a $20 charge on their school store bill to offset registration fees.

Mel-Lilias-Rick's Team: Wednesdays 3:15-4:15, beginning Nov. 28
Courtney-Alison's Team: meeting this Thursdays 4:00-5:00
Many of you know that alumni parent and faculty spouse Rachel Gilbert has managed the chaos of our costume closet ("behind the trapezoidal door") for many years, along with leading our middle school costuming elective. Because of her singular efforts our students have been able to add creative flair and learn some textile arts as part of their dramatic endeavors. Thank you, Rachel!

Parents Jenna Heinrich (3rd grader Clint and 6th grader Nick) and Tricia Bunnell (1st grader Zoe and 4th grader Sofia) are ready to take over her leadership, and for that we are also so grateful! In order to set them up for success, we'd like to have a costume-organizing chore-party on Saturday, December 1, from 9:30 am -12:30 pm. We will let them take the lead and put us to work folding, sorting, and labeling so that they can make good use of the space and resources moving forward. We hope that a few parents will join in the fun, please let Nelia know if you plan to help out.
Please support the Annual Fund.
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.
30 Lily Pond Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851
phone: 802.626.8552
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